As a Cornell undergraduate, James has been the treasurer for Mixed, a member of the Cornell International Affairs Society,
completed a year of EARS training (Empathy, Assistance & Referral Service).
He has completed coursework in areas such as Econometrics, Behavioral Economics, Data Structures, Discrete Structures, and Computer Systems Organization.
During his junior year of undergraduate studies, James studied abroad at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. While in Sydney, he was able to take courses on International Trade and Policy, Organisational Economics, and Management. James was also a member of the Business Society, Exchange Society, and Malaysian Students Organization.
Throughout his undergraduate career, James has worked with StudentRND to promote STEM education and to close the gender gaps that presently exist within the technology industry. James is currently the regional manager of the non-profit's operations in Florida, where he grew an event tenfold in the first year, recruited a 15-person volunteer team, and improved Net Promoter Score for an event to 95. After his sophomore year ended, James only had 3 weeks before he left to study abroad, so he worked with StudentRND to plan for, hire, manage, and mentor an intern. James previously completed an internship with a technology consulting company, working to significantly revamp and improve their brand by developing and implementing new marketing strategies and improving online presence.
On the other hand, James has helped mentor friends and strangers alike. At Cornell, he has mentored students through WICC, Let's Get Coffee, and BEARS. He has also hosted prospective students through the Red Carpet Society, as well as independently. He has arranged jobs and internships for various people, such as finding a medical internship for a friend from his exchange year in Germany.
At HackGT, October 2017, James's team's "RoboAdvisor" won an award from BlackRock. STRAT brings professional risk management from BlackRock to individual investors looking to diversify investment portfolios and learn more about investments. Through an easy-to-use chatbot, users can get suggestions to diversify and grow their portfolio, getting quick access to broken-down information about any stock.
At BigRedHacks, September 2014, James's team project "Wakawhitti" won an award from Bloomberg. Wakawhitti is a recommendation engine for vacation destinations. Pulling real-time data from the global markets, Wakawhitti ranks countries to visit based on the relative change in currency exchange rate. When users are interested in a particular country, Wakawhitti will link super-sweet hotel deals for each major city from Priceline.com.
James received competitive grants to work at Practice Makes Perfect. The Breitenbach Innovation Fund supports work with a start-up company or entrepreneurial venture. Practice Makes Perfect provides high-quality academic summer programming in high-need communities, ultimately narrowing the achievement gap.
James was one of 30 alumni of government funded exchange programs chosen out of roughly 300 applications for a fully funded conference to learn about key regional issues and receive training. At the conference, he was chosen as a specialist for a panel "Education in the Digital Era", due to his work with StudentRND. Program book available here.
While studying abroad, James worked with a team on a business project chosen as a semifinalist for a business competition. James and his team worked on a software solution to connect designers with production factories, targeted towards the Chinese production market. James worked on brand management, product design, and UX/UI design.
James was fully funded by the U.S State Department to live in Germany for a year. "This exchange program promotes a reciprocal understanding and effectively contributes not only to an understanding of the country, but also the personal, human relationships between Germany and the US." -German Bundestag President Norbert Lammert
James recieved Dean's List recognition during the 2015 Fall and Spring semesters.
While James was a full time Bellevue College student through a dual enrollment program, he was invited to join Phi Theta Kappa due to his high (3.9) college GPA.