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Jin Yan

Jin Yan

College of Engineering

  • Current Doctoral Student in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering,

Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Embassy in the United Kingdom

Grad Success: Jin Yan

Jin Yan had just finished a degree in applied physics in China and was looking for her next challenge. Continuing her education in the United States was her primary goal, so when Florida State offered her the chance to earn a doctorate while researching health-monitoring systems for flight, Yan eagerly jumped at the opportunity. Now Yan is helping to research a way to embed sensory systems into composite materials to monitor how well the material is holding up.

Coming to Tallahassee has been quite a change for Yan. She knows it was difficult for her parents to let their only child leave China to pursue a great education. Her parents were once military doctors, so they understand the value of pursuing the sciences. It’s this support and understanding that motivates Yan to do her best as she earns her doctorate.

Since her arrival, Yan has met supportive faculty members who work with her outside of class to discuss schoolwork and how she is adapting to her new home. It was their encouragement that gave her the confidence to apply for the Amelia Earhart Fellowship. Yan is now a recipient of the fellowship, which gives financial aid to notable women studying aerospace science.

Her friends here at FSU have helped her adapt to life in the United States. Yan says that living in Tallahassee has taught her how to be independent. She joined the Chinese Students and Scholars Association and even spent some time as vice president of the organization. Yan is also part of DreamOn, an FSU organization where female students in STEM majors help to inspire young girls to also pursue STEM degrees. Yan says she’s happy for these opportunities because they showed her how to be a leader and socialize with new people.


Women can be successful with STEM degrees. That’s why the DreamOn club at FSU tries to inspire young girls. Don’t be afraid to pursue your goals.