Dr. Min Song, professor and department chair, electrical and computer engineering (ECE) (joined Stevens in 2018)
What is your main academic and research focus?
My main academic and research covers a wide range of projects related to wireless communication networks, network security, cyber physical systems, mobile computing and artificial intelligence. Through my research I hope to develop a better understanding of the fundamental properties of networked systems and to create better concepts, models and algorithms for designing, analyzing, and measuring future networked systems.
Why did you choose to come to Stevens?
Stevens is well-known as a premier student-centric research university that offers visionary education programs and innovative research opportunities to students. The university’s strategic plan identifies six focus areas and the ECE department can take a lead or make significant contributions in three areas. Additionally, the ECE department has an excellent reputation in the community, with faculty who are committed to cutting-edge research and effective teaching. I saw Stevens as an opportunity for me to make my humble contributions to further move the department towards excellence.
What was your background prior to joining Stevens?
Before joining Stevens, I was the David House Professor, chair of the computer science department and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan Tech. I am also the founding director of the Michigan Tech Institute of Computing and Cybersystems. Prior to joining Michigan Tech, I served as program director with the National Science Foundation, where I provided oversight for over $80 million in funding for wireless research, education and infrastructure projects. My professional career comprises 27 years in academia, government and industry. I was the recipient of NSF CAREER award in 2007 and as an active IEEE Fellow, I have published more than 160 technical papers.
What do you like about working at Stevens?
I have the opportunity to interact with talented students, understand their needs and provide the best resources to help them succeed. I am very thankful for the collegial and productive environment at the ECE department. The Stevens faculty and staff respect and support each other to achieve the departmental goals. I am also very grateful for the visionary school leadership; the dean’s office is accountable and available. Stevens is a university on the rise and I am proud of being a member of the community.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
The Torch Bearer is the spot I like the most. Every time I walk by the sculpture, it reminds me that I have the responsibility and obligation to educate the next generation of technological leaders. It also makes me feel happy whenever I think of our students who are empowered to create a better future.