“Mochen was always more than willing to have meetings and would bring his best self, regardless of how tired we all were,’’ she said in an interview.
She said he was also very generous in giving his teammates space to share ideas.
“He let us use the project as an opportunity to learn and grow,’’ Bhatkhande said. “He was a great support.”
Ines Ayostina, a teammate in the industrial ecology class who was attending it online from Indonesia, said in a Yale tribute wall message
that Liao was bright but humble.
“He was a warm person and always willing to really listen to others’ thoughts and views,’’ she wrote. “Mochen was one of the people who made me feel supported.”
a second-year master’s student at YSE and Liao’s former roommate, recalled his playful side at the vigil, specifically the ping pong table he purchased and invited friends to share. While he was quiet, she said, he was down-to-earth, hard-working and would reach out to friends who were struggling or in need of help.