Jackson Ye

University of Michigan

Senior Engineer

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I love that my work allows me to impact the lives of people in a very tangible way. The work I do gives people access to clean water and protects them from the harmful and dangerous pollutants in our environment. What I enjoy the most about my work is the opportunity to harness cutting edge technologies to develop innovative solutions in order to address one of the world’s most pressing needs.

What is a challenge or difficulty you face at work?

On my job, I am required to collaborate with others and work in teams which comprises of people from different background and culture. Sometimes, it can be challenging when there are differing viewpoints and opinions on critical matters when there is a tight deadline and a decision has to be made quickly. In the face of pressure to meet the deadline, it can be easy to lose one’s patience and shut other people out.

How do you see that the Gospel is or could be transforming your workplace?

Due to the fast paced nature of my work, most of my coworkers don’t have time to build a meaningful friendship with one another other outside of maintaining a professional work relationship. I see this as an opportunity for the light of Christ to shine. Taking initiatives to have a conversation on non-work related matters and showing a genuine concern for their well being is a refreshing change for them and an avenue to demonstrate Christ’s love in a secular office setting.

What is one piece of advice you would give to those that will enter the workplace in the future?

Colossians 3:23-24 has been my guiding verse from my first day of work which greatly impacted my attitude toward my work and at work.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”