Go is a board game for two players that originated in China and Japan more than 2,000 years ago. Like computer programming, the game takes a great deal of strategizing. It’s no surprise then, that Edward Chang, PhD, associate professor of computer science, enjoys playing Go in his spare time.
Computers are a big part of Chang’s life. Stop by his office and you’ll find an office brimming with miscellaneous parts for computers.
“I work with the IT technicians to get computers for the students. My office is my workshop,” said Chang.
He is continually working to keep pace with advancements in technology.
“Computers change every year. In a history class, the name of George Washington will always be George Washington. I have to work ahead. I teach 40 percent of the time, which is supported by 60 percent of logistics. Equipment is expensive and I do the pricing myself,” said Chang.
Chang has been teaching at Maryville for more than 10 years, including classes in “computer anatomy,” or computer systems overview. Students learn practical skills, such as how to fix their own computers. Chang says his students often must overcome computer anxiety because a single bad experience can discourage them.
Chang, who thinks deeply about his purpose in life, loves what he does at Maryville.
“Some people see work as eight-hour doldrums like in a prison every day. Work is part of my life. It depends how you look at it. If you don’t want to learn, that’s tough on you and miserable. Learn to like lots of things. You will have to love what you do and do it well. My job is to help people, so it’s as good as anything you can think of,” he said.
Chang has found his life’s happiness and significance in helping other people, especially students.
“I suddenly realized, what is living a full life? Being full after eating a burger from the drive-thru?” said Chang.
Chang attains fulfillment by continually learning so he can better help people.
“I continue to read, listen and work. I want to know what’s going on. Work on your own happiness. A blind religion by itself may not work. God helps those who help themselves,” said Chang.
He is also in the process of writing his own book on a computer-related topic, which Chang says may take up to five or more years to finish.
Born and raised in Shanghai, China, for 25 years, Chang has lived in America for the past 25 years.
“I’ve lived in a state of communism and then in the “Land of Freedom and Dignity.” If I could live anywhere in the world I’d live in the United States. There are still many ugly things in America, like poverty, but I love her. There is nothing like home. If you love her, live home where you are,” said Chang.
Article by Erica Virgin