Name: Chengbin Wang
Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): PhD in epidemiology in 2006
Hometown: Shandong, China
Current town: Atlanta, Georgia
Current employer and job: Epidemiologist at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
What is your favorite UAB memory? Sitting in classrooms and seminars to interact with teachers, lecturers, and classmates on concepts and methodologies in public health
How has UAB impacted your life? Life of UAB totally changed my life, particularly in two aspects: the first is to appreciate the importance of always keeping concepts clear and logic in scientific work, including planning, implementation, communication, and publication. Another is to savor the importance of attitude of gratitude and actions to serve the community and others in scientific and personal life.
What made you choose your current profession? The uniqueness of CDC to serve the people in the world.
What lessons has your professional life taught you? Be open and ready to learn, to share, and to work in a team.
What would you do if you were given more time in each day? Spend more time with my kids and go to gym more.
What invention have you seen in your lifetime that you believe has been the most important? Information technologies totally change our daily lives and our careers.
If you could go back to any age…which age and why? Back to 2006 when I became daddy and got my PhD degree.
What natural gift would you most like to possess? To be able to sing.
Who are your heroes in real life? My elder brother, whose carefulness, determination, love, and accountability, are always my example to follow and learn since my earliest memory.
If you had the power to solve one, and only one, problem in the world…what would it be and why? To help children with limited resources on their education and physical development.
What trait(s) do you most value in your friends? Openness, integrity, and accountability.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what would the title be? The struggles of a Chinese cowboy in his life pyramid.
What is your motto? God helps those who help themselves
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Keep focused, and you will be great if you can work on only one thing for your whole life.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? Tibet, which is the place nearest to the heaven in the world.
What is something you are proud of and why? Being the father of two lovely kids and the husband of a loved lady.
Name: Megan Miller
Graduation Year: 2013
Major: MPH Health Behavior
Hometown: Newnan, GA
Why did you choose to attend UAB? I chose UAB School of Public Health because it was ranked in the top 20 (16th), had a large research base, had one of the top obesity researchers (David Allison), and the tuition was among the lowest among all top schools of public health.
Who is the best professor that you have had at UAB so far and why? I would have to say Kerstin Schroder because she constantly challenged me and made me step out of my comfort zone.
What is your favorite UAB memory? My favorite UAB memory was talking (well more like listening) with Steve Rudd during KoronisFest committee meetings my first semester at UAB. He was such a great man and always found a way to brighten my day.
What do you do for fun? I enjoy bowling and hiking.
Who are your heroes in real life? My father is my hero. I just hope that I can be as successful and giving as he is one day.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Telepathy
What are your future goals? I would like get my PhD and someday work for the CDC.
What would be your ultimate dream job? I would like to be an executive director of a public health corporation.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be? I would like to trade places with Melinda Gates, because I could help so many individuals in need through her foundation.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? The Middle by Jimmy Eat World.
What’s the best advice you ever received? My father told me to pick a career that makes you happy and you will be successful.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what would the title be? Megan Miller: An Unexpected Life