College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Welcoming Shuang Li, new assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering

Shuang Li

Education: PhD, Colorado School of Mines, 2020. BS, Zhejiang University of Technology, 2013

Research focus: Signal processing and machine learning – specifically, leveraging low-dimensional structures such as sparsity, low-rankness, and smoothness existing in high-dimensional data to develop optimization-based techniques.

Joins Iowa State from: Hedrick Assistant Adjunct Professorship, Department of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles.

Recognitions and awards: DARPA Riser in 2022, the AMS-Simons Travel Grant for 2022-2024, and the Graduate Student Research Award from the Colorado School of Mines in 2020

How do you hope your research discoveries impact the world?

I hope that my research discoveries can significantly impact the world by providing better methods for processing and understanding high-dimensional data. I believe that the more efficiently and effectively we can understand and interpret the massive amounts of data generated in our world today, the more progress we can make in various fields, including technology, healthcare, finance and beyond.

What kind of classroom and teaching experience do you look forward to creating at Iowa State?

I look forward to creating a stimulating and inclusive learning environment where all students feel valued and have equal access to learning. Based on my experiences and teaching philosophy, I believe in the importance of a balance between student-centered and teacher-centered education. I’m committed to an interactive teaching style that actively engages students through discussions, problem-solving activities and case studies. Furthermore, I am excited about implementing project-based learning that can have a long-term impact on student success and achievement beyond the classroom. 

What drew you to join Iowa State? 

I am thrilled for the chance to collaborate with the esteemed faculty and brilliant students at Iowa State. The opportunities for collaboration and innovation are what really drew me here. Moreover, the welcoming community also makes Iowa State an ideal place for me to develop my research and teaching.