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Yanting's Bio
Hometown: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Education: Zhejiang University –Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland –Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
Office location: Johnson Controls Power Solutions Global Headquarters, Milwaukee
Hidden talent: Before college, I always won first place for high-jumping.
Favorite Quote: 大不自多,海纳江河。 “The vast sea contains all streams, all rivers.”
Meet Yanting
1.  Describe your role at Johnson Controls:
Right now, I am the senior engineer on the Lithium-ion Cell Engineering Team. My responsibilities include core material component engineering, which is responsible for the specification of all the chemical components used in the Lithium-ion cells, and plant support for cell production. I work with procurement and quality engineers to screen materials from vendors to make sure the material components are within specification.

2.  What do you love most about what you do?
The thing I love most at my current role is that I get to work with various engineering teams (quality engineers, supplier engineers, characterization and testing engineers) from different backgrounds (mechanical engineering, industry engineering, electronic/electrical engineering, chemical engineering and chemistry). 

3. What is your favorite project that you have worked on?
I really enjoy working with our plants to support production goals. I learned all about the history of Johnson Controls Lithium-ion battery engineering and manufacturing. This gave me a greater knowledge of not only where we have been, but also where we need to strive towards for the future. 


4. What do you like about working in Milwaukee?
Milwaukee is a beautiful city. The scale of Milwaukee to Chicago is the same scale of my hometown Hangzhou to Shanghai.  I feel cozy and enjoy living here.

5. What have been some of your career highlights?
2013 Merit Award: UW-Milwaukee Showcase Room Team
2014 Merit Award: Why We Became Scientists & Engineers- Kids Loving ST

6. What inspires you the most?

A recent video talking about the air pollution in China. We need cleaner energy sources to make a better world. Our work is important, to make a better world. 
7. What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?

“Open the invisible door. You can do it and make your own history here.”

Yantings's Day in the Life Diary

8-9 a.m.

Morning refresh
Once I arrive to Johnson Controls, I have my breakfast and a hot cup of coffee as I read the daily company news. I also make a to-do list of everything that I need to accomplish; it keeps me focused so that I can be a productive asset to my team and make the most of my day!

9-10:30 a.m.

Morning work
The team I work on supports our manufacturing plants. We design Lithium-ion cells for our automotive batteries. The manufacturing team produces the cells in our plant. When the cells are being made, we need to ensure there are no variations in voltage. If there are, then we will tear down and analyze those cells to see what is happening inside with the electrochemistry.

10:30 a.m.-noon

There are three types of meetings I typically attend: a team discussion about how to technically support our manufacturing operations; a meeting with suppliers to ensure quality materials; and a conference call with the manufacturing quality manager and resident engineer. Today, I had discussed extending the life of a component in our Lithium-ion batteries.

1-3:30 p.m.

Back to the lab!

Once I get back from my lunch, I revisit my to-do list that I made in the morning to stay on track. I continue with my tasks for the day in our laboratory, which typically includes assembling automotive battery cells.

3:30-5 p.m.

Work summary

Before the day comes to an end, I make a summary of what I accomplished by writing slides about my work progress and status. On Fridays, I make a weekly report to follow up what I completed overall for that week.