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UMSI alum Jeff Tang: “Network, be nice to other people and always keep learning”

Alumni Snapshot: Jeff Tang. Master of Science in Information, 2005. Team designer at Roku.

Thursday, 07/21/2022

2005 Master of Science in Information graduate Jeff Tang currently works with the design team at Roku, helping develop the user interface experience of the streaming platform. Working previously in mobile design, TV design and web design before joining Roku, Jeff’s skills — and the knowledge he gained at the University of Michigan School of Information — prepared him for a successful career. 

“The fact that SI really emphasizes teamwork and collaboration is good preparation for the real world,” he says. “I think one of the most valuable aspects of getting a degree in SI is collaborating with others and working on projects to try producing good outcomes.” 

Before joining UMSI, Jeff pursued a degree in studio art. This allowed him to flex his creativity and seamlessly transition into a career as a UX designer, where he gets to use his imagination and vision to create better products for users. 

Jeff says learning how to be a good designer doesn’t stop after graduation. He encourages students to keep an open mind and stay curious. 

“The tech field is so large and constantly changing that getting a degree is a big accomplishment but also just a starting point,” he says. “Attend conferences, find mentors, read books, listen to podcasts and do whatever you can to stay up to date.” 

Read Jeff’s advice about finding the right job and pursuing what you love in his alumni snapshot