Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Yinhai Wang, President (2023 - 2024)

Dr. Wang is a professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering (primary) and Electrical Engineering (Courtesy) at the University of Washington in Seattle. He serves as director of Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans), US Department of Transportation University Transportation Center for Federal Region 10.  Dr. Wang’s active research fields include traffic sensing, impacts of connected and autonomous vehicles, smart mobility, transportation data science, traffic system simulation and control, transportation safety, etc. He has been principal investigator (PI) or co-PI for over 80 important research projects with a total funding of over 70 million US dollars. He is an elected governor for the Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) under American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and scheduled to serve as president of T&DI in 2018.

Xihong Lin, Past President (2023 - 2024)

Xihong Lin is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Biostatistics, Coordinating Director of the Program in Quantitative Genomics at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Professor of the Department of Statistics at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University, and Associate Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Dr. Lin is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. She received the 2002 Mortimer Spiegelman Award from the American Public Health Association, and the 2006 Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) Presidents’ Award and the 2017 COPSS FN David Award. She is an elected fellow of American Statistical Association (ASA), Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and International Statistical Institute. She is also an elected member of the National Academy of Science (NAS) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

Zhu Han, Vice President (2023 - 2024)

Zhu Han received the B.S. degree in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University, in 1997, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1999 and 2003, respectively. Currently, he is a John and Rebecca Moores Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department as well as in the Computer Science Department at the University of Houston, Texas. Dr. Han received an NSF Career Award in 2010, IEEE fellow since 2014, and AAAS fellow since 2019. Dr. Han is a 1% highly cited researcher since 2017 according to Web of Science. Dr. Han is also the winner of the 2021 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, for outstanding early to mid-career contributions to technologies holding the promise of innovative applications, with the following citation: “for contributions to game theory and distributed management of autonomous communication networks.”

Jane Wang, Vice President (2023 - 2024)

Z. Jane Wang received her BSc from Tsinghua University, China, in 1996, with the highest honor, and her MSc and PhD from the University of Connecticut in 2000 and 2002 (under the supervision of Dr. Peter Willett), respectively, all in electrical engineering. While at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Wang received the Outstanding Engineering Doctoral Student Award. She has been Research Associate of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland, College Park, working with Dr. K. J. Ray Liu's group. Since 2004, she has been with the Department Electrical and Computer Engineering at UBC. Dr. Wang's research interests are in the broad areas of statistical signal processing, with applications to information security, biomedical imaging, genomic, and wireless communications. She co-received the 2004 EURASIP Best Paper Award and 2005 Best Paper Award from IEEE Signal Processing Society, and a Junior Early Career Scholar Award from Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia in 2005. She co-edited a book Genomic Signal Processing and Statistics (Hindawi Publishing Co., 2005) and co-authored a book Multimedia Fingerprinting Forensics for Traitor Tracing (Hindawi Publishing Co., 2005). She is the chair and founder of the IEEE Vancouver SP chapter. She was Finance Chair of IEEE International Workshop on Genomic Signal Processing and Statistics 2005 (GENSIPS05), Local Arrangement Chair of 2003 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man & Cybernetics (SMC03), Co-vice Chair of the Second International Symposium on Multimedia over Wireless (ISMW2006), and the Publicity Chair of 2006 International Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing (MMSP06).

Han Chen, Secterary (2023 - 2024)

Dr. Han Chen is an Associate Professor in the Human Genetics Center, School of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston). He received his B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Tsinghua University in 2007. He received his M.A. degree in Statistics from Columbia University in 2009, and Ph.D. degree in Biostatistics from Boston University in 2013. After finishing his postdoctoral research training at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, he joined UTHealth Houston as an Assistant Professor in 2016. His research interests focus on statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology on complex human diseases. He received an NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) in 2015.

Haitao (Tony) Cui, Treasurer (2023 - 2024)

Haitao (Tony) Cui is the Ecolab-Pierson Grieve Chair in International Marketing, Professor of Marketing, and Deputy Associate Dean for Global DBA, at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota (UMN), and an Affiliated Professor at the Industrial Engineering Department of UMN. Dr. Cui received his B.E. in Fluid Machinery and Fluid Engineering (Magna cum Laude) and B.E. in Industrial Engineering (Summa cum Laude) in 1998 and IMBA in 2000, all from Tsinghua University, and his M.A. in Operations and Information Management and Ph.D. in Managerial Science & Applied Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and 2005, respectively. Since 2005, he has been with the Carlson School of Management at UMN. Dr. Cui was named the Marketing Science Institute Young Scholars in 2011 (to scholars whose work suggests they are “potential leaders of the next generation of marketing academics”) and the Marketing Science Institute Inaugural MSI Scholars in 2018 (the award recognizes “individuals’ excellence in scholarship and top scholars who are setting the research agenda in their field”). He was selected by Carlson CHEMBA EMBA students as the "Popular Professor of The Year" in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2023, “Carlson Teaching Award” in 2020, the "Carlson Outstanding Research Award" in 2017, and was awarded for Outstanding Teaching and Dedication to Helping Students Learn by the Center for Educational Innovation, UMN in 2019, besides other awards and achievements. Dr. Cui serves as Departmental Editor of Marketing-OM Interface area at Production and Operations Management, Departmental Editor of Customer Experience, Behavior, & Decision Making area at Service Science, Guest Associate Editor at Management Science, and serves on the editorial board of Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing Science, and Journal of Operations Management.  Dr. Cui also serves as the Vice President of Behavioral Operations Research and Management Chapter of Operations Research Society of China since 2015.

Directors at Large

Leslie Ying (2021 - 2024)

Dr. Leslie Ying is the Furnas Chair Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering at University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. She received her B.E. in Electronics Engineering from Tsinghua University, China in 1997 and both her M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign in 1999 and 2003, respectively. Prior to joining University at Buffalo in 2012, she was a faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Her research interests include magnetic resonance imaging, compressed sensing, image reconstruction, and machine learning. She has contributed to the advancement of various biological and medical imaging modalities using computational methods. Dr. Ying received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 2009. She was elected as an Administrative Committee member of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in 2013-2015. She was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, a Deputy Editor of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and an editorial board member of Scientific Reports. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging since 2019. She is a Fellow of AIMBE.

Jia Xue (2021 - 2024)

Dr. Xue is an Assistant Professor co-appointed in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and the Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto. Currently, she is a faculty research fellow at the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society. She is the founding director of the Artificial Intelligence for Justice Lab, at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania in 2018, along with a dual master’s degree in Statistics from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 2016, and Law degree from Tsinghua University Law School (China) in 2011. She took her research fellowship at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government from June 2016 to June 2018.

Qinghua He (2022 - 2025)

Dr. Qinghua (Peter) He obtained his BS degree from Tsinghua University in 1996, MS and PhD degrees in 2002 and 2005 from the University of Texas, Austin, all in chemical engineering. He is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University. He has published over 80 journal papers and has several top-10 most cited articles from Journal of Process Control, and Computers & Chemical Engineering, and has won best paper awards at different conferences. He had served as an associate editor for ISA Transactions, review editor for Frontiers in Energy Research, and guest editors for Processes and Frontiers in Chemical Engineering. His most recent research focus is on systems engineering enhanced data analytics and machine learning, with applications in smart manufacturing, renewable energy systems, precision agriculture, chemometrics and cancer informatics.

Juejun Hu (2022 - 2025)

Juejun (JJ) Hu is currently the John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. He holds a Ph.D. degree (2009) from MIT and a B.S. degree (2004) from Tsinghua University, China, both in Materials Science and Engineering. Prior to joining MIT, Hu was an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware from 2010 to 2014. His research primarily focuses on integrated optics and photonics and technologies developed in his lab has led to several spin-off companies. Prof. Hu has authored and coauthored more than 150 refereed journal publications, and he has been recognized with the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award, the Robert L. Coble Award from the American Ceramic Society, the Vittorio Gottardi Prize from the International Commission on Glass, the NSF CAREER award, and the DARPA Young Faculty Award, among others. Hu is a fellow of Optica, SPIE, and the American Ceramic Society.

Jifeng Liu (2022 - 2025)

Prof. Jifeng Liu received his B.S. (99’) and M. S. (01’) degrees in materials science and engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and his Ph.D. degree in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (06’). He is currently a Professor and the  Program Area Lead of Materials Science and Engineering at  Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College. His major research field is nanophotonic materials and devices for sensing, communication, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. In the optoelectronics and photonics community, he is best known for his pioneering work on germanium and germanium tin active photonic materials and devices integrated on silicon photonic chips. Prof. Liu has authored or coauthored >100 peer-reviewed journal papers, >80 conferences papers, and 7 book chapters, which have been cited over 13,000 times (h-index 49) according to Google Scholar. He has also been granted 18 U.S. patents related to nanophotonic materials and devices.   He is a recipient of NSF CAREER Award, a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He serves as the General Co-Chair of 2023 IEEE Silicon Photonics Conference, and Program Chair in Science & Innovation of 2024 Conference of Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO).

Dengfeng Sun (2022 - 2025)

Dengfeng Sun is a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Before joining Purdue, he was an Associate Scientist with University of California Santa Cruz at NASA Ames Research Center. He received a bachelor's degree in precision instruments and mechanology from Tsinghua University in China, a master's degree in industrial and systems engineering from the Ohio State University, and a PhD degree in civil engineering from University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Sun's research interests include distributed control and optimization: theory, algorithms, and computation; cyber-physical systems; unmanned aerial vehicle systems; air traffic control and air transportation; intelligent transportation systems. Dr. Sun is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) and a Senior Member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). Currently, he is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems and an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems. Dr. Sun is a Co-Director of NEXTOR III, the FAA Consortium in Aviation Operations Research, and serves the Technical Committee on Guidance, Navigation, and Control in the AIAA. He is the faculty advisor of Sigma Gamma Tau, the national honor society for Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Sun is a Private Pilot and a Drone Pilot. He was the faculty advisor of PPI (Purdue Pilots, Inc.) from 2012 to 2021.

Xiaopeng Li (2023 - 2024)

Dr. Xiaopeng Li is currently a Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering with an affiliate in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison). Before joining UW-Madison, he was a faculty member at the University of South Florida, and he served as the director of one USDOT national university transportation center, National Institute for Congestion Reduction (NICR). He is a recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award. His major research interests include automated vehicle traffic control and connected & interdependent infrastructure systems.  He received a B.S. degree (2006) in civil engineering from Tsinghua University, China, an M.S. degree (2007), and a Ph.D. (2011) degree in civil engineering along with an M.S. degree (2010) in applied mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign, USA.

Peng Wei (2023 - 2024)

Peng Wei received his bachelor degree from Tsinghua University and his PhD degree from Purdue University. He is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the George Washington University, with courtesy appointments at Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Computer Science Department. Before that, he was an assistant professor at Iowa State University from 2015 to 2019. By contributing to the intersection of control, optimization, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, he develops autonomy and certification tools for aviation, aeronautics and aerial robotics. He is an AIAA Associate Fellow.

Weidong Zhou (2023 - 2024)

Professor Weidong Zhou obtained his BS and ME degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He obtained his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After graduation, he worked at CIENA Corporation on active photonic devices and integrated systems for optical fiber communication systems. He is currently a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). Dr. Zhou and his group have made significant contributions in the areas of photonic crystal laser scaling for energy efficient integrated photonics and micro transfer printing of semiconductor nanomembranes for heterogeneous integration of compound semiconductor materials with silicon, for integrated silicon photonics and flexible optoelectronics. Dr. Zhou has authored and co-authored over 400 journal publications and conference presentations, including ~ 140 invited conference talks and seminar talks. Dr. Zhou is a fellow of SPIE (The International Society for Optics and Photonics) and a fellow of Optica (The Optical Society), a senior member of IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), and a member of APS (American Physical Society).

Shi Chen (2024 - 2025)

Shi Chen is Marion B. Ingersoll Professor and Associate Professor of Operations Management at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington in Seattle. He received B.E. in Industrial Engineering and M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University, and he received Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. Dr. Chen’s research interests include supply chain management (efficient, socially responsible, and environmentally sustainable supply chains), project management, and operations management strategies (pricing, capacity planning, and inventory management) for industries under disruptive technology development (such as cloud computing and renewable energy). His publications have appeared in leading academic journals in the field of management science and operations research, including Management Science, Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (MSOM), Information Systems Research (ISR), and Production & Operations Management (POM). Dr. Chen is member of the INFORMS, MSOM, and POM societies, the secretary and treasurer of the MSOM society, senior editor of the POM journal, and associate editor of the MSOM journal.

Yanfei Gao (2024 - 2025)

Yanfei Gao received a BS in Engineering Mechanics and a dual BS in Computer Science from Tsinghua University in 1999, and MA and PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 2001 and 2003, respectively. From 2003 to 2005, he was a post-doc at Solid Mechanics group of Brown University. In 2005, he joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, firstly as an Assistant Professor and later became Full Professor in 2016. He was also a Joint Faculty with the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2005-2018. His research expertise is mostly on analytical and computational mechanics of materials, with a particular focus on materials failure at extreme conditions. He has been on the Editorial Boards of many top mechanics/materials journals, and held many service roles at his institute and professional societies such as the ABET program evaluator. He is a past recipient of Hammer Throw champion in John Ma Campus Games, Tsinghua University, in 1999.

Yu Nie (2024 - 2025)

Yu Nie is currently a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University. He received my B.S. degree in Structural Engineering from Tsinghua University in 1999, his M.S. degree from National University of Singapore in 2001, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 2006. He has been a faculty member at Northwestern since 2006 and a full professor since 2017. His research area can be broadly described as Transportation Systems Analysis, aiming to better understand and predict the behavior of networked transportation systems, and to formulate new strategies to improve their performance. He had served as a member of the standing committees on Transportation Network Modeling and Traffic flow Theory and Characteristics for Transportation Research Board. Currently he is an Area Editor for Transportation Science and  for Networks and Spatial Economics, an Associate Editor for Service Science and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Transportation Research Part A and B. In the past decade, his research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Transportation Research Board, US Department of Transportation, US Department of Energy, and Illinois Department of Transportation.

Yanfang Su (2024 - 2025)

Dr. Yanfang Su is an Assistant Professor of Global Health in the School of Public Health and an Adjunct faculty at Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at University of Washington. Dr. Su a health economist with more than ten years of work experience in health systems and policy. Dr. Su holds a Doctor of Science in Global Health and Population within Health Systems track from Harvard University. During her postdoctoral training at the University of Washington, Dr. Su applied econometric methods to health financing and published papers in The Lancet as co-first author and The Lancet Infectious Diseases as first author. Her publications focus on three areas: 1) economic evaluation of healthcare systems, including analysis of equity, supply, demand, costs, and quality; 2) public policy evaluation; and 3) global health and population measures. Dr. Su has been designing a new course on Comparative Health Systems and mentoring 20 trainees, including 18 from underrepresented groups. Dr. Su is the founder and Board Chair of a non-profit organization, the East West Alliance for Education and Health, which delivered equitable community services and conducted digital health randomized controlled trials in low-resource settings. Dr. Su worked at Tsinghua University and the Hong Kong Policy and Research Institute in China. Dr. Su has consulted for the World Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Results for Development on primary health care systems strengthening. Dr. Su is a guest editor for a special issue on policy implementation science in Frontiers in Health Services. Dr. Su is a recipient of the National Institutes of Health Career Development Award. Her career goal is to become a leading scientist in policy implementation, with a focus on cardiovascular disease prevention.