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Backend Software Engineer, Ru Fang, is a natural problem solver with a passion for computer science and technology. After spending her entire life in China, she traveled to a new country to further her education and to grow as an individual. This eventually led her to Stratifyd, where she’s helping solve some of the biggest problems for our Fortune 1500 clients.
Fang was born and raised in the Shanxi province of Northern China, best known for its wide variety of noodle dishes. Many of the restaurants in Shanxi have open kitchens, making it easy to see every step of the cooking process.
“My favorite noodle dish is made with tomatoes and eggs,” Fang said. “Sometimes I'll even add mushrooms and spinach. I love this dish because it utilizes what you already have in your kitchen.”
After receiving her undergraduate degree from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Fang wanted to travel to the U.S. to continue her education. As an only child, her father is very supportive but protective, and was nervous about her moving to a new country alone. However, her mother encouraged the idea.
“My mom believes that it's important to travel and experience new places,” Fang said. “Although I was nervous, I knew I had the love and support of my family, which made the decision a lot easier.”
Fang moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University, in which she received her master's degree in Computer Science. To become more comfortable in her new home, she quickly reached out to her new classmates for support and guidance.
“My school was in the middle of downtown,” Fang said. “I loved that I could walk to restaurants and different attractions. My friends and I went to the DePaul Art Museum often, as it was free for students.”
After graduation, Fang learned about Stratifyd from UI Engineer, Jiaming Fu, a friend and former classmate from undergrad.
“We actually lived in the same dorm,” Fang said. “Although we moved to the U.S. at different times, we kept in touch.”
As a Backend Software Engineer at Stratifyd, she works with a team to create new features within the platform. She also has the opportunity to work on larger projects, such as engineering the redaction engine for the Voice to Text functionality.
“I really like working at Stratifyd,” Fang said. “Everyone is willing to help each other, and my team is extremely patient with me. I always have a lot of questions, and they take the time to explain everything in detail.”
Fang is also excited to help move the dial for women in tech. While her team is well balanced, she firmly believes that women deserve a seat at the table in STEM.
“While it’s a male dominated field, women tend to be more detailed thinkers,” Fang said. “We think about things from multiple angles and often create several solutions to a single problem.”
When she’s not working, you can find her shopping with friends, cooking, or watching anime.
Q&A with Ru Fang
Q: What’s your favorite thing about living in Charlotte?
A: While Charlotte’s a great city, I missed the walkability of Chicago. But we recently got those shared electronic scooters which help a lot. They’re so much fun and are much faster than they look.
Q: What sparked your interest in Stratifyd?
A: The change to learn and build a customer analytics platform using machine learning technology!
Q: What is your favorite brand to follow on social media and why?
A: I don’t have a single favorite brand, but I often find myself on YouTube. I spend much of my spare time watching different videos and tv shows.
Q: What is on your travel bucket list?
A: Santorini, Greece.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A: Think before you speak.
Q: What's one thing you can't live without?
A: Definitely my hair dryer!
Q: What's the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
A: I moved from my hometown to a foreign country to continue my education. I was scared, but it was worth it in the end.
Q: What’s your spirit animal and why (this can also be a person/role model)?
A: A Chinese actress named Ziyi Zhang. The characters she portrays in movies are so complex and powerful. She often spends several years working to polish a character alongside the director in order to deliver her best performance.
Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: I would love to have a superpower that brought happiness to my friends and family.
Q: One cause that you’re passionate about:
A: I’m extremely passionate about learning new things.
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