UE Names Ying Shang as Dean of College of Engineering and Computer Science

Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The University of Evansville has announced that Ying Shang, PhD, has been named as the University’s new dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Shang is the first woman to serve as the dean of the CECS at UE and will begin her new duties in August.

Currently, she is chair of electrical and computer engineering at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

“I am so impressed with the University’s dedication to excellence in education,” said Shang. “I look forward to leading and working collaboratively with UE faculty, staff, and students. I hope to bring extra energy and innovative ideas to the University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. Together we will make UE an even better place in the future.”

Shang earned her PhD and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and her BS in control engineering from Shandong University. Her research areas include discrete-event systems, max-plus linear systems, and hybrid systems with applications in queueing networks, manufacturing systems, and transportation networks.

“I am excited by the expertise and perspective that Dr. Shang will bring to the College of Engineering and Computer Science,” said Michael Austin, executive vice president for academic affairs at UE. “Her enthusiasm, vision, and keen insight will make her a great addition to the University.”

Shang has published more than 25 papers in journals and conference proceedings and delivered numerous invited presentations. During a sabbatical leave, Shang was a visiting professor at the University of Angers in France working on high-throughput screening research in drug discovery. 

During Shang’s term as SIUE’s computer science department chair, she fostered faculty growth in teaching and research, improved communication, secured ABET accreditation, established industrial partnerships, and created a process of launching entrepreneurial incubator/accelerator for startups to help Southern Illinois.

Shang also served as faculty advisor for SIUE’s Society of Women Engineers Student Chapter and led the organization in recruiting more female students. She served as a role model for female engineering students and initiated the first annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering event.

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