What do you do at LIDS?

I have been the Financial Coordinator at LIDS since February 2019. My role is to assist with the coordination and administration of financial activities, especially in the area of research. I serve on a three-member team that provides pre- and post-award grant administration service. I am responsible for developing an integrated system and setting up processes for full pre- to post-award management. This includes everything from budget development and proposal coordination to oversight and reconciliation of financial expenses and balances, among many other things. (It’s a complex process!) Another important aspect of my job is serving as a resource regarding MIT financial policies and procedures, such as credit card, B2P invoices, travel reports, and employee expense reimbursements. I also maintain graduate students’ appointments and specific fellowships; prepare general financial reports and perform additional tasks as needed.

What do you like about financial work?

Financial work requires attention to detail. It also requires analytical skill, sound judgment and effective communication skill. At MIT, financial work often involves multi-tasking, organization and teamwork. Timely and accurate financial work adds values to PIs. I enjoy using these skills and being helpful to the lab.

How do you like Boston and being at MIT?

I like Boston very much because of its rich history, culture and many great universities. MIT is not only top institution for science & technologies, but also a leading organization for diversity. I love living here.

What do you do outside of work?

I spend time together with my parents and take them to the places they like to go. I love hiking and traveling, learning about different cultures. I enjoy trying different food. I also love cooking do a lot of good cooking at home — my specialty dishes are Hot Pot, Kung Pao Chicken and Ma Po Tofu.

What are some interesting facts you'd like to share about yourself?

I went to a boarding school when I was 11 years old, where I learned team work and how to independently solve problems as needed. I was on my middle school and high school gymnastic team. I also joined a line dance club for two more years. I love singing as well.