Qiang Zhu named chair of Computer and Information Science


Dr. Qiang Zhu has been named chair of the Department of Computer and Information Science.

Qiang Zhu

Dr. Qiang Zhu has been named the new chair of the Department of Computer and Information Science (CIS) at the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) at University of Michigan-Dearborn. The University Board of Regents approved the five-year appointment on June 15.

"With the fast growing pervasiveness of computing in today’s society, CIS is facing many emerging challenges as well as opportunities in education, research, and service. We strive for excellence in providing our students with timely and high-quality education to fulfill their diverse career aspirations in CIS, and we pursue success in serving our society through impactful research in collaboration with industry, government, and nonprofits," said Zhu.

Zhu is a recognized scholar in the fields of data science and data management and recently spearheaded the development of a new master’s program in data science, which launches this fall. His research work has been supported by competitive grants from NSF, IBM and Ford and published in top venues in the fields. His recent awards include UM-Dearborn’s prestigious William E. Stirton Professorship and the Association for Computing Machinery’s 2013 Distinguished Scientist Award.

Zhu received a B.Sc. in Mathematics and his M.Eng. in Computer Science from Southeast University in 1982 and 1984, respectively. He earned a M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from McMaster University in 1991 and was awarded a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo in 1995. Zhu joined the faculty of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn as an assistant professor in 1995, was promoted to associate professor in 2001, and to professor in 2007.