Director, International Engineering Programs
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, University of Florida
Office: 203 Weil Hall
Pingchien Neo was born and raised in Malaysia in a tropical climate not unlike that of Florida. She moved to the United States to pursue a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and subsequently her M.S. in Nuclear Engineering in ETH Zürich in Switzerland.
Since then, Pingchien has worked and studied in Asia, Europe and the US. The exposure to different countries and cultures gives her a unique perspective on intercultural personal and professional relationships. In her work, she enjoys the opportunity to use her multilingual skills in English, Malay, Mandarin and German.
She next moved to the University of Florida in 2011, where she joined the faculty of the Nuclear Engineering Program as a lecturer, teaching radiation detection laboratory, risk assessment, and nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation.
In 2014, she joined the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Division of Student Affairs as the coordinator for international programs. She hopes to leverage her own international experiences to encourage engineering students to think globally. She is passionate about the need to encourage more globally-minded engineers to keep up with the increasingly connected environment.