name is Ping (same as the PING golf club,
simple and popular J). But, it is seldom that a
person can pronounce my last name – Xiao (“Shao”). It is also difficult for me
to introduce myself… like a person who has a scar on the face, hardly happy to
see a mirror. Well, you may understand me better if you have also failed on the
job interview question: “tell me about yourself” several times (J)… No, actually, I am very shy. I see myself as a train-track field
covered with 3 inches of snow; plain and white on the surface.
order to write this article, I have been trying to find the definition of “oneself.”
Can people be defined by their title, work, degree, or family? Or defined by
their character, capabilities, interests, or achievements? I don’t know the
answer. Do I really know myself? I am not sure. The only truth is people can
hardly see themselves, unless they face a mirror. Therefore, I decided to write
this self-introduction as a mirror for myself, and maybe for others also.
tracks under the snow” could be described by the key word “comprehensive.” I was
a PhD research scientist in drug development with over 15 years of academic
experience, have authored over 10 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters
with versatile writing styles, and am trilingual in English, Chinese and
Later in the US,
I explored the legal and business world by working for a law firm and
technology licensing office. In addition to being knowledgeable of US patent law,
I am also familiar with international regulatory requirements.
years, I have worked for medical device companies that emphasize regulatory
strategy and project management, to help US companies obtain product pre-market
approval and ensure post-market quality compliance overseas.
In addition to
my career, I like to travel (I enjoy the beauty that nature offers) and have
many hobbies, such as reading, watching movies, listening to music, writing, painting,
experiences now bring me to my second key word: “complicated.” It may seem I
have too many interests to be focused, but actually, I am very focused,
organized and detail-oriented. It may also seem like I have had too many career
paths to be successful in any single area; academics vs. industry,
legal/regulatory vs. business, etc. But I have been accomplished in all these
areas. I am a goal-oriented achiever and a quick learner. It seems like I am
too serious to have balanced life, but I am a caregiver and dreamer. To love
and be loved is my mission in life. Dedicating myself to improving human health
and contributing to society is my dream.
I don’t know where these
train tracks will lead me, but, let it snow. The mirror is showing my past. I cannot
change anything about my past, but have to accept it, whether I like it or not.
Anyway, let it snow. The fun is in the unknown future, and a new chapter is
waiting for me. Just let it snow.