Xiaoyun Yang
Xiaoyun Yang
Naval Reactors Engineer by day, Entrepreneur by night, Naval Reactors; LooseLeaf
Washington, DC

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I studied Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon on a Navy ROTC scholarship, got both my Bachelors and Masters in ECE in 5 years before commissioning as an officer in the Navy with an assignment at Naval Reactors at Washington DC. I work on reactor plant components that go into nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers and my day job requires knowledge of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and reactor engineering. I do a lot of reading and writing of technical documents. When I'm not at work, I work on bootstrapping my tech startup, Looseleaf.us, writing software for the web application, designing a logo and infographics to convey what my product does, and going to meetups and tech conferences to network with other entrepreneurs and designers.
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Latest Questions
  • Gillian Schriever asked Xiaoyun Yang, Naval Reactors; LooseLeaf

    Added Monday, June 18, 2018 at 1:10 PM

    I am a chemical engineering major, and I have already toured the NR headquarters and am preparing for the technical interviews. Specifically, I was hoping to gain insight on what the work culture at NR is like, how much work you do alone versus in groups, and what it is like working there as a young woman.
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    Answers 1
    Xiaoyun Yang, Naval Reactors; LooseLeaf
    Answered Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 3:39 PM
    Hi Gillian,
    Work at NR is no different from any other engineering firm. You work 40 hours a week and you get the weekends off. We don't do a lot of hands-on engineering. There's a lot of reading, writing, and meetings. Based on your major, you could ...
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  • Aalaya , Mumbai asked Xiaoyun Yang, Naval Reactors; LooseLeaf

    Added Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    I love computers and I want to be a computer or software engineer when I grow up. Currently I am in middle school, what topics/subjects should I focus on right now? Also, do you suggest some books or any specific language that I should learn ? Also, what are the qualities one should possess for the same ?
    Related to Computer, Engineering Skills, Preparation for College, Software
    Answers 1
    Xiaoyun Yang, Naval Reactors; LooseLeaf
    Answered Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 11:48 PM
    Hey Aalaya,
    From my experience, the best way to learn programming is by making a game. I learned programming by making various arcade games of increasing complexity (start with Snake, then Tetris, then Pacman etc). I think learning it this way is both ...
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  • Jaren, San Antonio asked Xiaoyun Yang, Naval Reactors; LooseLeaf

    Added Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 1:36 AM

    Hey Ms. Yang, Im from San Antonio, Texas. I am a sophomore at John Paul Stevens H.S. I am in a lot of clubs and sports. Recently, this past year, I have been interested in engineering and researching the concepts. I was wondering if you could help me understand on a more personal level of what its like to be a female engineer and if its right for me or any tips on what type of engineering I should look into. Also recommended courses? Anything you think would help me succeed in ...
    Related to Opportunities/Challenges for Women
    Answers 1
    Xiaoyun Yang, Naval Reactors; LooseLeaf
    Answered Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 1:36 AM
    Hi Jaren,
    I can speak to how to become an engineer. As for being a female engineer, you will become good friends with a lot of guys.
    In high school, I took a lot of AP classes that I knew are required for any engineering degree, e.g., AP physics ...
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