Richard Zhao has come a long way since graduating from RMIT with a Master of Engineering and a Diploma of Information Technology.
Master of Engineering (Electrical Engineering)
Business Owner, Advanced Algorithm Technology
Keep an open your mind, keep talking, and study harder.
“I started my own business in China in 2014, called Advanced Algorithm Technology. My home is still here – my family are in Melbourne – but I work in China.
“In my first year, I sold nothing. In my second year, I had one project – a monitor device for babies. My business was focused on the electronic parts design and circuit board design, but now I’m more focused on robots and machines.
“I’ve focused on industrial equipment, in particular, an automatic glueing machine.
“It sprays glue onto the cardboard, used for packaging for products such as wine. We’re doing the furniture industry as well. It’s programmable. It’s suitable for cold or hot glue and different types of cardboard.
“We’re not just making the one machine. We’re making more and more. In China, factories want to spend money on automatic equipment instead of the labour. If a machine can save hiring five people, they will do it.
“I’m going to turnover AUD $2 million this year. Next year I want to get to $10 milion. That’s the target.
“I learned a lot from RMIT education. Australian life told me how to communicate better. We have to be open minded. Some Chinese factory owners are reluctant to broadcast their knowledge to their staff. So the knowledge is limited. If your staff can not get the information, it’s difficult to get machines created quickly.
“In my industry, it’s full of competition, but every factory has different demand. For students I recommend that you keep an open your mind, keep talking, and study harder. You’ll do better team work and enjoy a better life.”