The SYSU-CMU Joint Institute of Engineering (JIE) was established by Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) as a collaboration to nurture a passionate and collaborative global community and network of students, faculty and professionals working toward advancing the field of engineering through education and research in China and the world.

JIE is hiring more talents for its ECE program. Finally the ECE program will have more than 40 professors. Our faculty recruiting process is identical to that of the ECE department at CMU. Each hired faculty member will spend his/her first year at CMU to establish and/or to consolidate a strong collaboration with CMU faculty, and to develop a better understanding of CMU’s curriculum and teaching model.

In addition, CMU faculty will come to SYSU to teach JIE students in person. They will also give lectures to JIE students through JIE’s long-distance education system.

Shawn Blanton
Professor - CMU/ECE; Associate Director of JIE; CIRC grant recipient
Ph.D.- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1995
Director of Center for Silicon System Implementation in Carnegie Mellon University, 2008-present
Research Areas: test and diagnosis of heterogeneous; integrated systems
2109 Hamerschlag Hall, Pittsburgh Campus of CMU
Rajeev Gandhi
Systems Engineer - CMU/ECE; CIRC grant recipient
Ph.D.- University of California, Santa Barbara, 2000
Research Areas: wireless systems, multimedia compression, signal processing/compression
B210 Hamerschlag Hall, Pittsburgh Campus of CMU
Gabriela Hug
Assistant Professor - CMU/ECE;CIRC grant recipient; JIE Faculty Teaching Mentor
Ph.D.- ETH Zurich, 2008
Research Areas: power systems, optimization, control, energy networks, decomposition
A305 Hamerschlag Hall, Pittsburgh Campus of CMU
Soummya Kar
Assistant Research Professor - CMU/ECE; JIE student coadvisor
Ph.D.- Carnegie Mellon University, 2010
Research Areas: distributed Information Processing, Multi-Agent Decision Making, Adaptive Stochastic Systems
B18 Porter Hall, Pittsburgh Campus of CMU
David Laughlin
Professor - CMU/ECE/MSE; CIRC grant recipient; JIE student coadvisor
Ph.D.- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1973
Research Areas: magnetic materials, material science, electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction
236 Roberts Engineering Hall, Pittsburgh Campus of CMU
Ming Li
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. - University of Southern California, 2013
Adjunct Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, 2015-present
Research Areas: multimodal signal processing; pattern recognition, speech, language and music processing, biometrics, body area sensor network, affective computing, human behavior signal processing
Xin Li
Associate Professor - CMU/ECE; CIRC grant recipient
Ph.D.- Carnegie Mellon University, 2005
Research Areas: integrated circuits, computer-aided design
2123 Hamerschlag Hall, Pittsburgh Campus of CMU
Zhaojun Liu
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2011
Visiting Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2013-present
Research Areas: LED micro-displays and solid-state lighting; GaN power transistors; Wearable electronics and photonics; 2D materials and devices; Flat Panel Displays;2D Materials and Devices
Gary Overett
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. - Australian National University, 2011
Senior Research Engineer at NICTA's Canberra Research Laboratory, Australia, 2011-2014
Research Areas: computer vision; robotics; statistical machine learning; autonomous driving
Gianluca Piazza
Associate Professor - CMU/ECE; JIE Faculty Teaching Mentor
Ph.D.- University of California, Berkeley, 2005
Research Areas: MEMS, NEMS, nanotechnology, microfabrication, integration of electronics with M/NEMS
333 Roberts Engineering Hall, Pittsburgh Campus of CMU
Bhiksha Ramakrishnan
Associate Professor - CMU/LTI; JIE Faculty Teaching Mentor; JIE student coadvisor

Research Areas: Speech and Language Technologies for Development; Speech Understanding and Systems
6705 Gates and Hillman Centers, Pittsburgh Campus of CMU
Xiaoying Tang
Assistant Professor
Ph.D.- Johns Hopkins University, 2009-2014
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Imaging Science Johns Hopkins University, 2014-2015
Research Areas: 3D image segmentation and registration, diffusion tensor image analysis, statistical shape analysis, manifold learning and clustering, spatiotemporal analysis, functional MRI analysis, pattern recognition
Kai Wang
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. - University of Waterloo, 2008
Senior Panel Process and Optics Engineer at Apple Inc., August 2011-November 2013
Adjunct Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, 2015-present
Research Areas: Advanced Pixel Technologies in Biomedical X-ray Imaging; Biomedical Sensors and Actuators: Material, Device, and System; Macroelectronics: Display, Touch, and Photovoltaics
Paul Weng
Assistant Professor
Ph.D.- University Pierre and Marie Curie, 2006
Associate Professor, University Pierre and Marie Curie, 2007-2014
Research Areas: artificial intelligence, system control, algorithmic decision theory, preference learning
Yinliang Xu
Assistant Professor
Ph. D. - New Mexico State University, 2013
Research Areas: power system operation and control; microgrids control and optimization with high penetration of renewable energy resources; state estimation for power systems; distributed control algorithm design and platform architecture implementation
Ge Yang
Assistant Professor - CMU/BME; JIE Faculty Teaching Mentor
Ph.D.- University of Minnesota, 2004
Research Areas: computer vision techniques for biological microscopy images; quantitative analysis and computational modeling of dynamic cellular processes and signaling events; intracellular transport in neurons in normal physiology and neurodegenerative diseases; cytoskeletal dynamics in cell division; advanced fluorescence imaging and image analysis of live cells
Mellon Institute 403, Pittsburgh Campus of CMU
Terry Ye
Associate Professor
Ph.D.- Stanford University, 2003
BSEE - Tsinghua University, 1993
Director of Research and Development, Hong Kong R/D Center for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM), January 2007 – 2014
Research Areas: Internet of things including Sensor Networks and RFID Systems; Wireless Communication and Digital/Mix-Signal/RF IC Designs and Circuitry; Energy Harvesting and its Integration with Wearable Electronics and Sensor Nodes, Flexible and Printed Electronics, Systems-in-Package (SiP) with MEMS Integration
Zhiyi Yu
Associate Professor
Ph.D.- University of California, Davis, 2007
Associate Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 2009-2014
Adjunct Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, 2016
Research Areas: Digital VLSI design and computer architecture with an emphasis on many-core processors
Jun Zhang
Assistant Professor
Ph.D.- Shanghai JiaoTong University, 2001

Assistant Research Professor, Beckman Laser Institute, University of California, Dec. 2011- 2014
Associate Professor, Shanghai JiaoTong University, March 2001 – May 2003
Research Areas: The application of optical and laser technologies in biomedical engineering and biomedical imaging: development of biomedical photonics instrumentation including optical coherence tomography, 3D fiber optic endomicroscopy, photoacoustic tomography and microcopy, fluorescence endomicroscopy, phase sensitive microscopy, swept laser sources, biomedical fiber sensors, and translation of these techniques into clinical applications.
Jimmy Zhu
Professor; Co-Director of JIE
Ph.D.- University of California at San Diego, 1989
Director of Data Storage Systems Center at Carnegie Mellon University, April 2004-present
Research Areas: magnetic data storage technologies
348 Roberts Engineering Hall, Pittsburgh Campus of CMU
Jingxi Zhu
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. - Carnegie Mellon University, 2011
Research Associate at Carnegie Mellon University, March 2011-December 2013
Research Areas: Microstructure-property/performance relationships in a wide range of materials. Composite thin films in electron devices, MEMS, data storage systems. Materials development in magnetic logic devices. Computational materials science. Grain boundaries and grain boundary complexions in oxides.
244 Roberts Engineering Hall Pittsburgh Campus of CMU