UM-Dearborn faculty members are included on prestigious researcher list

January 30, 2023

The list, compiled by a Stanford professor, is one indicator of the impact our faculty have in their fields.

Wencong Su
CECS Associate Professor Wencong Su is one of the many UM-Dearborn professors listed. Photo by Lou Blouin

Several UM-Dearborn faculty members are included on Stanford University Professor John Ioannidis’ top 2% of world scientists list. This list which is based on a sophisticated counting of publication citations is just one indicator of the impact our faculty have in their fields. 

Some names on the list you may recognize: 

  • Aaron Ahuviva (marketing)
  • Charu Chandra (operations management)
  • Lei Chen (mechanical engineering)
  • Zhen Hu (industrial and manufacturing systems engineering)
  • Di Ma (computer and information science)
  • P.K. Mallick (mechanical engineering)
  • Pravansu Mohanty (mechanical engineering)
  • Yi Lu Murphey (electrical and computer engineering)
  • Wencong Su (electrical and computer engineering)
  • Sonia Tiquia-Arashiro (microbiology) 
  • Feng Zhou (industrial and manufacturing systems engineering)

Vice Provost for Research Armen Zakarian said that researchers and committees often use citation counts as a measure of the impact and influence of academic research, especially in the sciences and engineering. The impact of the research or “quality” of an article can be  assessed by the number of times other authors mention published articles in their work. 

Nonetheless, there is no single citation analysis tool that collects all publications and their cited references, Zakarian said. As he mentioned above, citation indices skew heavily toward engineering and the hard sciences — but that’s because measuring the scholarly impact in the humanities and arts is a much more challenging task.

Tracking, increasing and celebrating faculty citations in all disciplines is one of the Key Performance Indicators in the Go BLUEprint for Success Strategic Plan. “The Office of Research and the Mardigian Library are in the early stages of work to establish benchmark data and ensure we are tracking faculty citations in a comprehensive, inclusive and user-friendly manner across all campus disciplines,” Zakarian said. 

Additional information will be shared later this year.