Bronco Spotlight: Ruoxi Ma

Bronco Spotlight: Ruoxi Ma

Ph.D. in paper and printing science, 2018

Current Job Title:

Assistant Professor

Current Employer:

California Polytechnic State University 

Describe your current job:

I am an Assistant Professor in the Graphic Communication Department. With my background in paper and printing science, I'm currently teaching the technical side of graphic communication field, such as GRC 211/212- Substrates, Inks and Toners and GRC 328 Offset Printing Technology. My research focus is the biodegradable coating development and printed electronics for smart packaging applications. 

What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is to interact with students from different backgrounds and witness their growth. The most challenging part of my job is to find better ways to engage my students in the classroom and motivate them to be an active learner. 

What activities, resources, or people helped you prepare for your career?

My experience at WMU helped me in many ways to be ready for a faculty position in a University. My advisor created a free and encouraging atmosphere for me to learn how to be a researcher. The RSO (Registered Student Organization) shaped the leadership quality in me. The diverse WMU community helped to build valuable awareness of diversity.

What advice do you have for students?

Practice how to be a grateful person daily, that's what makes you a better person. Find a higher purpose from your career, more than make a living. Enjoy what you do. 

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