Congratulations to Prof. Zhenghao Zhang for being promoted to the rank of full professor and to Prof. Sonia Haiduc and Prof. Jie Yang for being promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure, all effective in Fall 2019.
Zhenghao Zhang received his B.Eng. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou,
China, in 1996 and 1999, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the State
University of New York at Stony Brook in 2006. From 1999 to 2001, he worked in industry as an embedded system
Software Engineer. From 2006 to 2007, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Computer Science Department at
Carnegie Mellon University. He joined the faculty in the Computer Science Department at Florida State University
in Fall 2007. His research interest is mainly wireless networks.
Dr. Sonia Haiduc obtained her PhD and M.Sc. from Wayne State University in 2013 and 2009, respectively. Her
research interests are in software engineering, and in particular in software maintenance and evolution, program
comprehension, and software documentation. She currently advises 6 PhD students and 3 M.Sc. students, and works
with several undergraduate students. Her research has been published in top journals and conferences in the field
of software engineering and she is the recipient of several NSF grants. Her students are the recipients of
several international research awards, such as an ACM Distinguished Paper Award and a Gold and a Silver Medal in
ACM Graduate Research Competitions. She is also actively involved in the organization and review process of
several conferences and journals.
Jie Yang received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2012. His
research interests include mobile computing and cybersecurity, with an emphasis on mobile healthcare, smart-home
and vehicular applications, user and device authentication, and wireless security. He has published one book and
three book chapters and 90+ research papers in prestigious journals and conferences such as IEEE Transactions on
Mobile Computing (TMC), IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (IEEE/ACM ToN), IEEE Transactions on Dependable and
Secure Computing (IEEE TDSC), IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS), and ACM
MobiCom/CCS/MobiSys/SenSys/UbiComp. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the
Army Research Office (ARO). He is the recipient of the Best Paper Award from ACM MobiCom 2011, Best Paper
Runner-up Award from IEEE CNS 2013, Best Paper Award from IEEE CNS 2014, and Stevens Francis T. Boesch Award from
Stevens Institute of Technology. His research has received wide press coverage including MIT Technology Review,
The Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNET News, and Yahoo News.