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NFLS Alumna Liu Mingyan as President of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of University of Michigan

NFLS Alumna Liu Mingyan as President of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of University of Michigan

It is reported by University of Michigan that Liu Mingyan who graduated from NFLS in 1991 has become President of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of University of Michigan, the first female president that has a Chinese origin over the past 113 years since the department was founded.

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Professor Liu Mingyan graduated from NFLS in 1991, from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1995 and from Electrical Engineering Department of University of Maryland with a doctor’s degree in 2000. She began to teach in University of Michigan in 2000, and has achieved fruitful results in scientific research and teaching.

One of Professor Liu’s research interests has been communication networks. Her latest research covers wireless, cell phone and ad hoc networks and sensor network, network security, internet of vehicles, and the modeling and mining of big data.

Interdisciplinary cooperation and research has been the common theme of her career. Years ago while working with the professors of electromagnetism, she developed the wireless sensor network to measure the humidity of soil. A few years ago she studied data science and network security with her colleagues of computer engineering. She thought different backgrounds would add value, though she must study things that were different from her research before. She developed a predictive analysis mechanism with her colleagues, to predict the possibility of data leakage of a company or institute in the future by the use of Machine Leaning. Seeing the market demand, she started Quadmetrics in 2014, which was purchased by the software analyzing company FICO.

She just got 6500,000 $ from Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program for the development of the network to fight criminals and protect the financial system.

Her classes have been advancing with the times and the changes of the field and are well-received by the students. Her teaching has been praised by the department by giving her the Outstanding Award. She also actively takes part in different committees of several colleges and universities and promotes females’developement in engineering.

President of the Engineering College Alec D. Gallimore said that Professor Liu’s broad range of academic experience and accomplishment will make great contributions to the college, and that she is expected to become a creative and inclusive leader.

From University of Michigan