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Learning from afar while staying home

Noel Kiat was among the first cohort of students to complete their master’s of engineering online through Arizona State University.

Global Outreach and Extended Education (GOEE), part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, offered the program, which was designed specifically for Intel engineers working abroad.

Kiat, a process and equipment engineer at Intel Products Vietnam said the best part of the program was learning under ASU’s esteemed industrial engineering faculty, such as Ronald Askin, director of the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering and Dan Shunk, professor of industrial engineering.

“Studying online offers an opportunity to professionals like me to get the best education U.S. universities like ASU can offer without leaving my country,” Kiat said of the convenience of distance learning.

Kiat also praised the flexibility of the online program, which allowed him to control the pace of his studies while balancing his professional commitments simultaneously.

While Kiat said it was challenging to study and work at the same time, with the support of Intel, ASU professors and administrators, along with family and friends, he was able to complete the program.

“This will help me in advancing my career as a industrial engineer,” said Kiat. “I am excited about the opportunities this accomplishment will bring in the future.”