The future of cell phones: ultra-fast communications with low power consumption.
Note: Hao Wang was a Business Development Fellow in 2019/20. This interview was conducted in winter 2020.
Hao Wang is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, working on radio-frequency and millimeter-wave Integrated circuit (IC) design. Hao always mention “5G communication chips in your future cellphones” as an example of the research.
As a student from China, after studying and working in both the U.S. and China with a big company and a startup, Wang had a sense of the IC field and decided to devote this episode of his life to scientific research to expand the technology frontier.
In a nutshell, describe your project or venture.
My research is low-noise and low-power mm-wave IC design. The
target is to enable ultra-fast communications with very low power
consumption. In other words, you may download 4K videos
seconds without worrying about drying out your cellphone’s battery.
What are you most passionate about in your work?
While theoretical scientists discover the existing laws in the
world, we engineers create things that never exist by
innovatively cooking various techniques together. My excitement
is beyond words
when I see my circuits work properly and improve the state-of-the-art performance to a new level.
What was the most important thing you learned at the Entrepreneurship Academy?
That entrepreneurship is a comprehensive system engineering together multiple factors, including ideas, team, product, marketing, customers, networking and so many others.
When you want to be an entrepreneur, you have to have a very high-level view on things.
What is the most unexpected advice you received from a mentor?
When I proposed my plant sensor to a mentor, he questioned me on its viability, given that farmers have to repurchase a new set of devices every year after harvest. I had totally neglected this point. The experience taught me that nothing is too detailed in entrepreneurship.
What is most valuable about attending classes at the Graduate School of Management alongside MBA students?
I always expect to spice up my engineer mindset with business flavors. Interacting and working with MBA students from various industries exposes me to all kinds of angles on different issues and widens my horizon on how to think about and solve problems.
What is the most useful thing you have learned in the GSM classroom?
The most useful thing to me is the cultivated mindset. Almost all issues and questions in GSM classes are open-ended, which means they can’t be solved with certain formulas to get the correct answers. My way of thinking is being gradually trained to be out-of-the-box and innovative.
Have you been attending the Big Bang! workshops? How is this experience helping you as an aspiring entrepreneur?
I attended this year’s Big Bang! opening ceremony and enjoyed the
speeches from many entrepreneurs sharing their stories—not only
about the success but also about the obstacles in running a
business. Knowing these pros and cons, we are more confident in our future practice. Big Bang! provides a precious platform to try your ideas and to get trained with entrepreneurial capabilities. I definitely hope to participate in the future.
The fellowship experience is making me a fledged innovator equipped with business tools that will come in handy in the future.
How will your experiences as a Business Development Fellow help you to change the world?
Previously, as an engineer, I always thought the best way to change the world is to study well and design good products with best technologies. As a Business Development Fellow, I’m learning that I could do much more: having a systematic view on innovation, strategically guiding what to do next, building and bridging networks of people, committing on more than just thinking of ideas but also realizing them, etc.