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International Student Recruitment Gaining Momentum at EMU College of Business

Published January 28, 2016

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Eastern Michigan University’s international students are leaving their mark on the business world. Many, like College of Business graduates Lan Huang (MS02) and Hanna Jung (BS07) have parlayed their education into high profile jobs with far-reaching impact.

Jung, a user experience designer at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA, is in charge of Google Play Music applications, but also works with movies, books and other applications popularly used by wired-in generations around the world. Her specialty is making user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) simple and efficient as well as inspiring a positive emotional attachment through creative and attractive designs.

“My goal is to interpret and translate complex technologies into simple and beautiful products and promote positive user experiences,” says Jung.

The 30-year-old began her educational journey at EMU partner school Keimyung University, South Korea, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business management in 2006. She completed her dual degree by earning a bachelor’s of marketing degree from EMU in 2007, then went on to earn a master’s degree in human computer interaction from the University of Michigan in 2011.

“Eastern’s dual degree program gave me an opportunity to study in both countries, to experience other cultures and to dream bigger!” says Jung, who has won several awards and has 3 software patents pending for software design. 

“During my studies at the COB, we explored what aspects make businesses successful and what traits often lead to failure. These details have been instrumental in helping me design products that are functional and able to support and grow business needs,” Jung adds.

Huang works as the regional finance director for Asia/Australia at Smiths Interconnect, a leader in electronic and radio frequency products that connect, protect and control critical systems for wireless telecommunications, aerospace, defense, space, data centers, and medical markets, to name a few. It is part of Smiths Group, a British multinational diversified engineering business headquartered in London, United Kingdom, that employs around 23,000 in more than 50 countries.

Huang, a native of Suzhou, China, oversees finances for customers in China, Singapore and Australia, she said. “Our business is undergoing a lot of change, which makes my work challenging--but also very exciting,” says Huang, adding that her master’s degree in accounting from EMU in 2002 helped to equip her for the job.

“Throughout my education, the COB faculty was extremely supportive. They always encouraged me to be the best I could be. Career services also played a vital role in marketing my degree and services to employers,” adds the 41-year-old, who went on to earn her CPA license in 2006.

“Becoming Dr. Brickner’s graduate assistant in 2001 was a life-changing event for me personally,” says Huang, referring to EMU Accounting Professor Daniel Brickner. “I consider him my mentor and even today, it puts a smile on my face when I think about EMU and Dr. Brickner.”

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