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Making Waves

Digital Fish
Dancing in the Desert
Ticking down to the      "Big One"
Sixth Sense


Capital Campaign May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2

What’s Next
Q&A with Yung-Ping Yeh, ’99, M.S. ’01


Work hard/play hard has been the driving theme in the life of Ping Yeh, ’99, M.S. ’01. While at UCSD, the mechanical engineering student was a charter member of the Chancellor’s Organization of Allied Students (COAST), earned the position as a starter on the men’s tennis team and served as a mentor to teens at the Preuss School. His campus leadership positions included serving as founding trustee and later as president of the UCSD Student Foundation and as president of the Triton Engineering Student Council.

Yeh headed to Minneapolis after leaving UCSD and he continues to be just as engaged in his new community. Last year, Yeh earned an M.B.A. from the Carson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. While focusing on building his career at Seagate Technologies, he also finds time to play the French horn with the community band and is on the board of the China AIDS Orphan Fund. And, despite the geographical distance, Yeh has stayed involved with UCSD as a life member of the Alumni Association and by serving on the UC system-wide Committee on Educational Policy. He has provided philanthropic support for intercollegiate athletics, the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Chancellor’s Fund for Excellence.

You’re so busy. How do you prioritize your time?
Sometimes I can sense the urgency of a project and I like knowing that I can help make a difference. I’ve also noticed that a lot of what I’ve done has been tied to ducation—having a good education can make everything else possible.

What advice do you have for others who want to become more involved in their community?
Just find out what resonates with your interests and be open to new groups and new people because you never know where sources of inspiration will come from. I have met great people—fascinating people—because I have been willing to go out and try new things.

Looking back, what did you learn about leadership while launching the Student Foundation?
This was a start-up organization and getting it established was really hands-on work—more so than any other experience I had at UCSD. I learned a lot about being entrepreneurial and how to delegate to and trust others.

What’s next?
I am all about work/life balance. I was just promoted to business development manager at work, so that’s a new challenge for me, but I’ll still be taking my wife out on dates!



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Most inspiring place to study?
Eighth floor of Geisel Library, overlooking the Engineering Quad

Least inspiring place to study?
AIn a van filled with smelly guys after a tennis match.

Favorite brand of sneakers while at UCSD?

Best place for late night snack?

Cotixan for potato and cheese burritos

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