Alex Yu

“The mentors, friends, and confidantes I made while at Stanford still nurture, teach, and inspire me years after I’ve graduated. I don’t know if I will ever be able to identify exactly how Stanford changed me, but I do know that Stanford is responsible for my Stanford friends–both old and new–who are still constantly having a positive impact on me.”

Alex Yu, ’11, Civil and Environmental Engineering, MS ’11, Mechanical Engineering

Came to Stanford from Davis, CA. Currently living in Cambridge, MA, were he is a patent agent working at the law firm of Fish & Richardson.

When he was a student, he wrote an ethics paper where he considered working in a quote about one of his guilty pleasures – Star Trek. Out of an abundance of caution, he did not include it, but thinks it’s worth sharing with the Stanford community despite its nerdiness! (#NerdNation is still a thing, right??)

“[Gene Roddenberry’s]  founding vision was bound up in the belief that ultimately it’s our shortcomings, our passion, our restlessness that will save us, that as much as Vulcan logic and detachment are venerated in the Trek world, it’s somehow better to be human.” – Brooke Gladstone, All Things Considered, September 8, 2006.

Photographed on the Harborwalk along the Boston Harbor, steps away from the Institute of Contemporary Arts, a few further steps from where Alex works, on November 7, 2015.