SFSU ENGR Faculty: Dr. Zhaoshuo Jiang, February 2024

By Julianna Enriquez | February 16, 2024

Dr. Zhaoshuo Jiang Photo for Spotlight Faculty Interview

Dr. Zhaoshuo Jiang, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering


How has your time as a faculty member at SFSU been?

My experience as a faculty member at SFSU has been incredibly rewarding. Being a part of the School of Engineering has allowed me to contribute to the academic and professional growth of aspiring engineers. The dynamic environment and interactions with students and colleagues have enriched my own understanding of the field.

Any advice you’d give to students?

My advice to students would be to embrace every opportunity for learning and growth. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, ask questions, and explore various facets of engineering. Building a strong foundation of knowledge, combined with hands-on experience, will be crucial in your future endeavors.


Looking back, how would you describe yourself when you were a college student?

Currently, I see myself as a seasoned professional who is passionate about teaching, research, and contributing to the field of Civil Engineering/Structural Engineering. As a college student, I was curious, driven, and eager to absorb as much knowledge as possible. The journey from student to faculty has been transformative, shaping my perspectives and deepening my commitment to education.

What do you do outside work?

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and also playing badminton when I get some personal time. I believe in maintaining a balance between work and personal interests to recharge and stay inspired.

What dish would you bring to a potluck?

For a potluck, I would bring my signature pork ribs. It's a crowd-pleaser and never fails to spark conversations. Sharing good food is a wonderful way to connect with others.


If you were to be stuck as an animal for the rest of your life what would you be?

If I were an animal, I'd choose to be a panda because that’s the favorite animal of my older son.


Any talents or surprising hobbies that might shock people?

Surprisingly, I have a talent for building furniture. It's something that not many people know about me, but I find it to be a great outlet for creativity and relaxation.


If you could choose a dream birthday itinerary what would you do?

For my dream birthday, I would be lying down on a beach in the morning, having a BBQ in the afternoon, and enjoying the sparkling stars under campfires in the evening. The key is to spend the day surrounded by loved ones, creating lasting memories.

Is it better to regret something you have done or have not done?

I believe that it's better to have tried and perhaps faced challenges than to wonder 'what if.' Regrets from missed opportunities can linger longer than the lessons learned from taking risks.


Have you regretted anything you have/haven’t done in your life?

Certainly, I've had moments of reflection, but I view each experience, whether perceived as a success or a setback, as a valuable lesson. These experiences shape us and contribute to our personal and professional growth.