Ben Hsiao, Ph.D.

imageName: Ben Hsiao, Ph.D.
Title: Vice President for Research
Company Name: Stony Brook University

What was the key step that really got your career underway? Was there a watershed moment that you remember as being particularly important to starting your career?
When auditioning to be a musician I realized I had good skills but not true talent. I then understood and accepted that science and research was where my talent rested.

How do you define success?
Success is when others think you’re the right person for the position – you’re accomplishing things, exercising your full potential and enjoying the challenges that come before you.

What is the best way to get new business?
Stay flexible and versatile. Develop a reputation of trust and leadership. Recognize opportunities.

How do you respond to adversity?
All obstacles are followed by opportunities. I stay patient and level headed but keep my eyes open for opportunities yet to surface.