Hong Shen

Hong Shen

Remain curious, open-minded and never be afraid to learn new things. Hong Shen , Adjunct Faculty, Design , The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University
What would you say is the defining moment in your life when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

After I received my Master of Science in Computer Science.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience to provide an industry veteran's sense of the realities / challenges / opportunities of the profession?

From time to time, I have shared some stories that happened to me and my programmer colleagues. I also share my learning experience when I was a college student. I talked about how many compilation mistakes I made when I first learned a programming language, hoping to inspire my students not to be afraid of making mistakes when learning computer programming.

Is there a class assignment that exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring? Similarly, how does your approach inspire each student to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

Each time when I design a project, I would ask my programmer colleagues to take a look and get some feedback so that my students would have a good programming experience doing my project. Those projects include the restaurant menu program, student grader, and the stray robots control game. 

In your opinion, what is the single most important thing you impart to your students to help them succeed in your class and in the real world? Alternatively, what is the most critical advice you would offer any student as he / she embarks on a creative career?

Remain curious, open-minded and never be afraid to learn new things.

Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you, your experience, or your role as a faculty member at The Art Institutes?

My passionate hobbies are reading, hiking and volleyball. I’m glad to spend some time with my students each quarter. I love to guide my students to learn and grow in C++ programming.