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Wang Named Grant Dove Professor of ECE

Yue (Joseph) Wang has been appointed the Grant A. Dove Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in recognition of his pioneering research accomplishments in the field of bioinformatics, medical imaging, and statistical signal processing.

Photograph of Yue (Joseph) Wang

From left to right, Thomas LaBella, John Caldwell, Alex Kim, Preston Taylor

The professorship was established in 2004 with a gift from Comcast, to recognize the contributions of Grant Dove, who served on the firm’s board of directors, and to attract or retain an eminent ECE scholar. Dove spent most of his career with Texas Instruments, where he is credited with convincing the military to buy the Strike Missile, then later helped develop computers for the oil and gas industry and the HARM missile. During his career, Dove served as founder, investor, or director of a number of IT companies, including Comcast, formerly Media One, which was a spin-off of US West. Dove had previously served 10 years on the board of directors of US West.

Wang joined the department in 2003 as an associate professor after serving on the faculty at The Catholic University of America. He was promoted to full professor in 2006. He is a core faculty member in the Virginia Tech School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences and is director of the Computational Bioinformatics and Bio-Imaging Laboratory.

Wang has a long and consistent record of research funding. His major contribution is to machine learning and statistical signal processing in exploring high-dimensional data space for cancer research. His recent work has involved identifying biomarkers that can differentiate between aggressive and slow growing cancers. He also has been analyzing how cancer cells signal each other and how they become resistant to antiestrogen drugs, in cooperation with faculty at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator of 20 projects, with personal responsibility for approximately $8.2 million.

Wang has authored or coauthored 54 publications in refereed journals, 96 conference papers, and has written six books and/or book chapters. He is on the ISI Highly Cited Researchers by Thomson Scientific since 2004. He has published in Nature Reviews with an impact factor of 29.190 and in Nature Medicine with an impact factor of 26.382. He was recently invited by the International Olympics Committee to act as a contributing author for a volume on “Genetic and Molecular Aspects of Sports Performance” in the Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine.

Wang is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, an honor bestowed on only 2 percent of biomedical researchers. He was named Alumnus of the Year in Engineering and Information Technology by the University of Maryland Graduate School in 2005 and received the Virginia Tech Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research in 2006.

Wang is active professionally. He is currently the Associate Editor for International Journal of Biomedical Imaging and EURASIP Journal on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. He also served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Signal Processing Letters from January 2005 – December 2007. He has served as a member of the several technical and program committees for international conferences. He has also served as panel reviewer for several National Institutes of Health programs, the Department of Defense Congressional Directed Medical Research Program and the National Science Foundation Development of Novel Technologies for In-Vivo Imaging Program. He has been an invited speaker to many universities and government agencies.

Wang earned his Ph.D. in EE from the University of Maryland in 1995 and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He earned his MSEE and BSCS from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 1987 and 1984, respectively.