Class of 2015

Huili Chen
Yingying Wisdom Mak
Nuohan Zhang

Huili Chen

Huili Chen

Guiyang No. 6 High School, Guizhou
Li Ka Shing Foundationa Full Scholarship Recipient


I graduated from Notre Dame (ND) in 2016 with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Peace Studies. I grew up in Guizhou, China, and went to Guiyang No. 6 High School. At ND, I volunteered in multiple economically underprivileged areas of the U.S. In summer 2012, four other ND students and I started a cultural memory program in my hometown and cooperated with students from Guizhou Normal University. This program has turned into a social service learning program at ND’s Center for Social Concerns, which sends about two ND students to Guizhou each year for two months. In addition, I started doing computer science and psychology research as a sophomore. In the second semester of my junior year, I went to study abroad at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland for a semester. I also went to Costa Rica, volunteering in an animal sanctuary for one month. After spending four years at ND, I decided to immerse myself fully in the ocean of knowledge by staying at ND for a fifth year and studying Peace Studies. I feel deeply grateful that Notre Dame gave me enormous support and generous financial aid for my fifth year at ND. Upon my graduation, I had an internship opportunity to go to Zambia and work on education in rural Africa with Impact Network.

Now I am a fully-funded graduate student in the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab. The Media Lab is a place at MIT where students have opportunities to work on interdisciplinary research topics that integrate technology and humanity together. My research interest is to build socially intelligent robots that interact with children to help them learn storytelling and language skills more deeply and creatively. In addition, I am also involved in LGBTQA activism in Boston, and help promote LGBTQA culture and awareness.

Yingying Wisdom Mak

Wisdom Yingying Mak

Saint Paul’s Secondary School, Hong Kong
Full Scholarship Recipient

I am from Hong Kong. A proud member of the Class of 2015, I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration, double-majoring in Finance and Film, Television & Theatre. In the summer of 2016, I moved back to my hometown and am thrilled to have made a career shift to pursue something I am really passionate about, made possible through the comprehensive multi-disciplinary experiences I obtained during my four years at ND.

Currently an Associate Consultant at Prophet, a global brand and marketing consultancy, I work with a world-class team every day to bring innovative and insightful brand solutions to clients around the world. Prior to that, I also interned and worked at global companies including Ernst & Young, Disney, and Citibank. My time at the Mendoza College of Business played a pivotal role in shaping me into the conscientious business professional I strive to be today, providing invaluable guidance throughout the years and reminding me to live out MCoB's mission to always ask more of business. 

During my free time, I continue servicing local communities through various non-profit organizations. In particular, my volunteering experiences at ND have entrenched my interest in serving children and their families. Extending my volunteering efforts beyond college, I am currently working with the Council of Early Childhood Education and Services to bring extracurricular programs to underprivileged young students in Hong Kong.

Nuohan Zhang

High School Affiliated to Renmin University, Beijing