Wu, Weipeng

Weipeng Wu
Physics & Astronomy
Advised by Benjamin Jungflesich

Interview submitted in Fall 2023.

CHARM Interviewer (CI): Where did you grow up and go to school for your undergraduate degree?

Weipeng Wu (WW): China PR and I majored in Physics at Wuhan University

CI: What got you interested in materials science?

WW: “More is different!” said P. W. Anderson. Materials science is an interdisciplinary field of researching and “inventing” materials. It’s the bridge that connects fundamental studies of materials with real-life applications. It’s also the place where you can find the most fun of Physics.

CI: In technical language, what is the research you do here at CHARM?

WW: Using time resolved THz spectroscopy (TRTS) technique, we are exploring properties of novel materials and hybrid systems as THz sources, transducers (coupling between different systems), and THz sensors in the hope of creating hybrid quantum constructs that significantly advance spectroscopy, sensing, and imaging technologies.

CI: What is a skill you would like to build on while being a part of CHARM?

WW: Oftentimes, it’s more important to do well at presenting the outcome of the project than to do the research. Good presentation skill helps us better understand what we are doing and get our ideas and message across to people well. I’d love to participate more in presentation activities in the CHARM.

CI: Tell us about your career goals and aspirations.

WW: My ideal life is to own a laboratory in some university, doing research and teaching.

CI: Are there any other student/campus organizations you belong to?

WW: I was a member of the Young Volunteers Association as undergraduate student.

CI: What do you enjoy doing on your downtime outside of the lab?

WW: I like playing soccer or badminton with friends. Not an expert at it, but I enjoy hanging out with friends.

CI: What advice would you give to undergraduate students and first-year graduate students?

WW: For undergraduate students, don’t hesitate if you are interested in graduate school. You won’t regret it.

To the first-year graduate student, keep it up and do what you should be doing. If you felt like you lost your target, talk to your advisor and colleagues. I’m sure you’ll find an answer from them. Don’t hesitate to seek help from your surroundings, there is always a way out.