Wu Yingying, 21, holding patents for three of her 100 inventions, has become
Asia operations vice president with TopCoder, a Connecticut-based multinational
company before her graduation, reported the Beijing News Friday.
Wu Yingying, 21, a psychology major, is now the Asia
operations vice president with Connecticut-based TopCoder in Oct. 2006.
TopCoder Inc. is a worldwide leader in online programming and software
development. According to TopCoder's Oct. 25 announcement, Wu will oversee and
manage TopCoder business relationships and will build TopCoder's market presence
and membership enrollment throughout the China and Asia region.
Wu's inventions, ranging from the OPEN Indexing Technology to the Dynamic
Counter Cachet Technology, won her the 2006 Innovation and Technology Prize of
China, an award sponsored by the Ministry of Education.
Wu was admitted to the Beijing Normal University in 2003. She led the
university team in winning the runner-up title of the ACM International
Collegiate Programming contest in 2005. The same year, she went to Stanford
University as a visiting student.
Wu's impressive academic record at Stanford caught the attention of TopCoder,
which offered her an olive branch earlier this year and tap her as the Asia
operations vice president in October.
"TopCoder has a large number of Chinese members and has sought to establish a
presence in China for some time, however a unique person with a highly
specialized set of skills was needed," said Rob Hughes, president and COO of
According to Hughes, a technically talented person with business awareness is
crucial for the company to stake out a place in the Chinese market, and Wu is
the person they were looking for.
Wu said she won't stop researching now that she is a vice president. Her
research focus is Artificial Intelligence (AI). "AI is where my beloved
psychology and computer science merge, "she said.