The University of Evansville has named Ying Shang dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. She will be the first woman to serve in that role and will begin her new duties in August. Currently, Shang is professor and department chair of electrical & computer engineering at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

She 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.

Shang has published more than 25 papers in journals and conference proceedings and delivered numerous invited presentations. During a sabbatical leave, she 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 electrical & computer engineering chair, she improved communication, secured ABET accreditation, established industrial partnerships and created a process of launching entrepreneurial incubator/accelerator for startups to help Southern Illinois. She also served as faculty advisor for SIUE’s Society of Women Engineers Student Chapter and led the organization in recruiting more female students. Shang served as a role model for female engineering students and initiated the first annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering event.

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