Student Selected for Competitive Workshop for Females in Engineering and Computer Science

Liyan Xie has been selected as a 2020 EECS Rising Star to attend an intensive workshop in November. The workshop is open to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers and is aimed at increasing the numbers of women interested in pursuing academic careers in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science (EECS.)

Xie, a Ph.D. student in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial Systems and Engineering (ISyE) and the Machine Learning Center at Georgia Tech (ML@GT), was chosen based on an extensive application package that included her research and teaching statement, curriculum vitae, and recommendation letters. Applicants are also expected to have an interest in a faculty career in EECS and express a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion in the field.

“I am currently on the academic job market. Getting selected to participate in this workshop means that my work is recognized, and gives me a lot more confidence in my job-hunting process. I’m looking forward to receiving advice for advancing my career and building long-lasting research connections with outstanding peers in related fields,” said Xie.

During the workshop, Xie will connect with other female engineers and computer scientists where they will engage in two days of scientific interactions and discussions and gather advice on navigating the early stages of a career in academia.

Xie’s research focuses on signal processing, statistics, and convex optimization. ML@GT Associate Director and ISyE Harold R. and Mary Anne Nash Early Career Professor and Associate Professor Yao Xie advises Xie.

“I’m so proud that Liyan’s work is being recognized and that she is among the top academic job candidates this year. I am really happy to see her accomplishments and hard work being recognized, and I hope participation in the workshop will help her job searching prospects. I also would like to thank the workshop organizers for promoting young female researchers for their careers,” said Xie. 

The workshop is highly competitive and many past participants are now tenure-track faculty members at top universities around the world. Launched in 2012 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the annual event was scheduled to be held at the University of California, Berkeley before being moved online due to Covid-19.

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