Panel Discussion: Navigating the Current Climate

A Career Development Discussion for International Graduate Students

Saturday, Feb. 27 2:00 pm
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Event Organizers: Yier Jin and Michael Fang
Sponsored by the ECE IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) Committee

Dr. Yier Jin and Dr. Yuguang Michael Fang have collaborated in organizing a panel discussion especially for ECE international students. They have brought three distinguished scholars and administrative leaders together to share their wisdom and experience as international scholars—navigating a new culture while planning their academic career and their own career development. They will present their views as both highly accomplished scholars and as successful administrators (department chairs and NSF project directors).


Dr. Mingyan Liu Peter and Evelyn Fuss Chair
Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Michigan
Dr. Aidong Zhang William Wulf Faculty Fellow and Professor
Department of Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering
University of Virginia
Dr. Xiaodong Zhang Robert M. Critchfield Professorship in Engineering
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
The Ohio State University

Please contact Dr. Yier Jin ( or Dr. Michael Fang ( with any questions about this event.

Panelist Biographies

Mingyan Liu received her Ph.D in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2000. She has been on the faculty of the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, since 2000, and the Peter and Evelyn Fuss Chair of ECE since 2018. Her interests are in sequential decision and learning theory, game theory and incentive mechanisms, with applications to large-scale networked systems. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the ACM.

Dr. Aidong Zhang is a William Wulf Faculty Fellow and Professor at University of Virginia. Prior to UVA, she was a SUNY Distinguished Professor and department chair (2009-2015) at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. Her research interests include machine learning, data mining/data science, bioinformatics, and health informatics. She has authored over 350 research publications in these areas. She is a fellow of ACM, AIMBE, and IEEE.

Dr. Xiaodong Zhang is the Robert M. Critchfield Professor in Engineering at the Ohio State University. His research interests focus on data management in computer and distributed systems. Several of his academic research results have been adopted in major computing and data processing systems. He is a recipient of 2020 ACM Microarchitecture Test of Time Award. He chaired the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Ohio State from 2006 to 2018. To recognize his accomplishment in this service, he received the Joel and Ruth Spira Award for Excellence in Education Leadership from the Lutron Foundation. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Colorado at Boulder, where he received Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 2011. He is a Fellow of the ACM, and a Fellow of the IEEE.