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  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA 
    Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, May 2013 
    Dissertation title: Maximizing algebraic connectivity in air transportation networks 
    Advisor: Professor Dengfeng Sun 
  • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, USA 
    M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, August 2009
  • Tsinghua University, Beijing, China 
    B.S. in Information Science and Control Theory, July 2007

Honors and Awards

  • NSF CAREER Award, 2021
  • GW-SEAS Engineers' Council Professor of the Year Award, 2021
  • Keynote Speaker, 2nd International Symposium on Air Traffic Management for Civil Aviation, 2020
  • Honoree, Stony Brook University 40 Under Forty, 2019
  • Keynote Speaker, SITRAER XVIII - Brazil Air Transportation Symposium, 2019
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE/CSAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference (GNCC), 2018
  • Best Paper Award, International Conference for Research in Air Transportation (ICRAT), 2018
  • Black and Veatch Faculty Fellow at Iowa State University College of Engineering, 2017 
  • Purdue College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award, 2013

Academic Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, George Washington University, January 2020 - Onward
  • Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering Department, Iowa State University, January 2015 - December 2019
  • Research Assistant, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, January 2010 - May 2013

Industry Experience

  • Operations Research Consultant, American Airlines, June 2013 - December 2014, research and development for operation command center automation. 
  • Research Intern, NASA Ames Research Center, May 2012 - August 2012, investigation of climate models and environmental impact of aviation.
  • Research Intern, Intelligent Automation Inc., May 2011 - August 2011, advanced analytics in a FAA NextGen project.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Senior Member
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Member
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Member

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