Yuduo Zhao is a fifth-year Architectural Engineering student at Penn State. Upon graduation in
December 2012, at the age of 21, he will receive an Integrated Bachelor/Master of Architectural
Engineering degree with a lighting specialization and Engineer in Training (EIT) status. At Penn State,
Zhao served as the Vice President of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the Historian of the Student
Society of Architectural Engineers (SSAE) and a Project Candle Outreach Ambassador.
In the summer of 2011, Zhao worked as a lighting design intern at Smithgroup in Detroit, MI,
where he gained valuable hands-on experience with BIM software such as Revit and 3ds Max, as well
as a more holistic understanding of the design process. In addition, he has interned at Archscan
Associates, an architecture firm in Nairobi, Kenya, and worked as a mathematics/economics tutor at
the Penn State Beaver Center for Academic Achievement. After graduation, Zhao would like to work
for an AE or lighting design firm to further develop his design, business and communications skills
and to create works that inspire and connect people.
Zhao is passionate about design. He believes that good design has the power to improve lives in a
real way. An avid reader, photographer, graphic designer and idea generator, Zhao is always seeking
new perspectives to inspire his designs and his life. Outside of design, Zhao has a fondness for food,
tea, yoga, martial arts, film, music, philosophy, the internet, and traveling.
Being a Chinese citizen and Kenyan resident studying in an American university, Zhao has interacted
with and learned to appreciate many different cultures. He is currently living in the International
Friendship House (IFH), where his 18 housemates come from France, Poland, India, Mexico, Argentina,
Iran, Brazil, as well as the United States.
Zhao will be interning at Tillotson Design Associates in Manhanttan, NY this summer, and will return to Penn State in the Fall to complete his BAE/MAE program and Theatre minor.