Please provide your lab and description of research.

Jr-Shin Li's applied mathematics lab: Systems mathematics, optimization, optimal ensemble control, computational method and networks.

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?

Peking University, China

What played into your decision to get a graduate engineering degree?

The broad impact of the research topic on interdisciplinary areas, including social study, biomedicine, neuroscience, quantum physics, etc. The desire to make life better through engineering modeling and design. For example, one can design the optimal firing patterns in neuroscience to treat neuronal disorders; design optimal ensemble control to quantum spins in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and imaging (MRI); design optimal dosage of chemotherapeutic drugs to treat cancer.

Why did you pick WashU?

The friendly and outstanding people, faculty and staff, the open environment for collaboration, and the beautiful campus.

What was your favorite course and why?

Nonlinear Control, Optimization and Stochastic Control. These courses are extremely helpful.

Who is your favorite instructor and why?

Jr-Shin Li and Heinz Schaettler. They have made the complicated mathematics alive and useful.

What advice would you give to a new student?

Enjoy life here by challenging yourself, both in academia and life.

What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?

Forest Park, especially the Muny Opera.

What campus activities or groups would you recommend to a new student?

Association of Graduate Engineering Students (AGES)

What are your plans for the future?

Being a faculty member and continuing the research.