The College congratulates the following faculty members on achieving promotion and/or tenure effective September 1, 2019:
Yuanfang Cai, PhD
Cai, who joined Drexel University in 2006 as assistant professor, is promoted to full professor. Her research area is software engineering, and her specific interests include formal software design modeling and analysis, software economics, software evolution and modularity. She earned her doctorate and master of science degrees in computer science from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor of science in computer science from Xidian University. She previously worked for North China Institute of Computing Technology, one of the top computer research institutions in China.
Geoffrey Mainland, PhD
Mainland, who joined Drexel University in 2013 as assistant professor, is promoted to associate professor with tenure. Mainland's research focuses on high-level programming language and runtime support for non-general purpose computation. After obtaining an bachelor of arts degree in physics from Harvard, Mainland spent three years working in Silicon Valley. He then returned to Harvard, where he completed his doctorate in computer science in 2011. He was also a postdoctoral researcher with the Programming Principles and Tools group at Microsoft Research Cambridge (UK).
Erjia Yan, PhD
Yan, who joined Drexel University in 2013 as assistant professor, is promoted to associate professor with tenure. Yan's research interests lie in informetrics and scientometrics, scholarly data mining and analysis, and knowledge diffusion studies. He earned a doctorate in information science and a master of information science from Indiana University Bloomington, and a bachelor of science from Nanjing University. Yan recently received Drexel’s Faculty Summer Research Award for Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty from the Office of Research and the Office of Faculty Affairs.