Danqing Zhou

Danqing Zhou

Lead Application Engineer

Growing up in a traditional Chinese family, I was taught good grades were the only way to success. An opportunity to attend English study summer camp in Australia in my High school first year. The 21-day journey re-shaped my views of studying and infused hope of future. For the first time, I experienced a completely different educational philosophy, in which overall development was prioritized over test scores.

Although I was categorized as the type of student with a grim future, I could be successful on my own terms. Over the course of one summer, I transformed from aimless and self-doubting to daring to dream big. I set a goal to study abroad again to explore different views and expand my horizons. This change of vision began the next chapter in my life, unlocking all I needed to reach my goal. With renewed interest in studying and determination, I divided and conquered the challenges by achieving incremental steps: received associate’s degree and further earned bachelor’s degree, which opened the door for me to studying in the U.S. Soon after, I received my master’s degree from University of Arkansas.

I was offered a technical position at SAP China without an onsite interview after my master’s graduation with less technical background. After only two years, I became the first person transferred to SAP U.S. for a position usually requiring a minimum of five years with the company. Worked as Senior Technical quality manager onsite support our North America largest client in North West Arkansas. 2 years later, I got promoted and moved to our cloud operation application management team as lead application engineer. As first hired employee in South San Francisco office, I helped my manager build up our team in bay area. Our team support SAP core HCM cloud application solution worldwide for more than 19 data centers.

Besides work, I love cooking all kinds of delicious and keen on photography. I like to challenge myself and participate in spartan race with my friends.

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