Losing Time, Gaining Clarity

Jiahao "Jacky" Han relaxes on the Dickinson campus.

Photo courtesy of Jiahao "Jacky" Han

Jiahao "Jacky" Han ’17

A native of Xi'an, China, Jiahao "Jacky" Han ’17 was a physics major when he took on an assignment in a computer-science class that absorbed his attention for hours at a time. That’s when he knew he had found a second passion (and major). Learn about this versatile musician/scientist’s love of experimental Japanese fiction, Michael Jackson’s moonwalk and more.


Computer science and physics.

Clubs and organizations:

Math/Computer Science Club (board member), Physics Club, Media Center (), math department (teaching assistant) and computer science department (student assistant).


John Montgomery Scholarship, Jane Hill Prize in Computer Science (2013-14) and Dean’s List.

Favorite book:

The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham.

Favorite movie:

The Godfather.

On choosing a major:

I took a computer-architecture class last semester, and we were asked to make breadboard circuits. While I was working on that project, I lost track of time—two or three hours would go by without my noticing. That’s when I realized that I really love and enjoy studying computer science. As for physics, well, it has been my thing since middle school.

Favorite professor:

My percussion professor, [Contributing Faculty in Music] David Zygmunt. He taught me techniques that I can use to play songs I really love—rock, jazz, anything.

Favorite place on campus:

The field across from Baird and McClintock.

Favorite Dining Hall food:

Buffalo hot wings.

Little-known talent:

I can do [Michael Jackson’s] dance to “Billie Jean” from beginning to the end, including the moonwalk.

If I could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, it would be …

… Haruki Murakami.

In a perfect world …

… there would be no flies or mosquitoes.

Most important thing I’ve learned (so far):

Challenges help you grow.

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Published March 23, 2015