Xiaoyun Yang
Xiaoyun Yang
Naval Reactors Engineer by day, Entrepreneur by night, Naval Reactors
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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Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
Latest Questions
  • Aalaya , Mumbai asked Xiaoyun Yang, Naval Reactors

    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
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    Xiaoyun Yang, Naval Reactors
    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

    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
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    Xiaoyun Yang, Naval Reactors
    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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  • Rosemaricel, Midwest City

    Added Friday, January 15, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    How important is writing in your work and how important was is to get the job you have now?
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    Xiaoyun Yang, Naval Reactors
    Answered Friday, January 15, 2016 at 11:12 AM
    Hi Rosemaricel,
    I work at Naval Reactors, which designs, support, and maintain reactor systems that go into power submarines and aircraft carriers. writing, reading, and talking to people is about 99% of what I do. We have a huge cross-organizational ...
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