Robert E. Clarke Endowed Professor of Electrical Engineering; Interim Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
Country of birth: China
Educational background: PhD Solid State Science, Penn State University;
MS and BS Electrical Engineering, Xian Jiaotong University, China
A typical work day
As an educator, a researcher, and an administrator, my daily work can be hectic, usually filled with interactions with students in and out of classrooms and laboratories, and with faculty and staff on various aspects of academic and research matters. Ensuring "face-time" with my students, remaining skilled in experimental research, staying active on cutting-edge development of science and technology, and serving the department and the university with passion and vision are exciting and time demanding.
What I enjoy most
I most enjoy seeing students graduated with a great job in hand, and having novel research ideas with real-world impact funded as the outcome of working with students and interacting with colleagues.
Words of wisdom
If you think life is a breeze after getting tenure, you should think again about pursuing an academic career; every day presents new challenges and new excitement in an academic position.