(Sep 13, 2021) — Yusun Chang isn’t any stranger to success.
First arriving at Kennesaw State College in 2009 as an adjunct professor, he has
garnered numerous accolades for his analysis and instructing capabilities, accumulating
practically $500,000 in exterior analysis funding and incomes the establishment’s 2021 Distinguished
College Award and 2020 Excellent Analysis and Inventive Exercise Award.
Regardless of the popularity, he contends that no award can exchange the satisfaction he
receives in seeing his college students graduate from his laboratory and discover fruitful analysis
careers of their very own.
“In fact, I need to achieve success with my college students as we work to publish papers
and capitalize on new analysis alternatives,” mentioned Chang, who now serves as an assistant
chair in Kennesaw State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “On the similar time, they need to have their very own vibrant careers, and I would like them to
achieve success lengthy after they depart my lab.”
As director of the Vehicular Advert-hoc Networking (VANET) analysis laboratory, a joint
operation between KSU and the Georgia Institute of Expertise based in 2010, Chang
has additionally performed a job in shaping the analysis tradition amongst engineering college students
at each establishments. The lab funded by the Georgia Division of Transportation (GDOT)
exists to discover the newest in related car know-how and clever transportation
programs, and it often employs undergraduate KSU college students to work alongside Georgia
Tech Ph.D. college students as they develop cutting-edge options for Georgia’s most urgent
The lab builds on Chang’s personal Ph.D. dissertation, during which he researched how wi-fi
know-how, akin to Wi-Fi, can be utilized in cars permitting them to speak
with each other. By creating so-called “related automobiles,” Chang mentioned there are
large implications for the way forward for roadway security. Programs like those being explored
within the VANET analysis lab enable for emergency messages to be transmitted with out the
use of a third-party community, and might alert drivers to roadway hazards up forward.
One other early purpose of the joint lab was to supply KSU undergraduate college students an avenue
to grow to be concerned in extremely impactful analysis, Chang mentioned.
“This was half of a bigger effort to get my undergraduate college students concerned within the
lab and refine their analysis capabilities for different makes use of down the street,” he mentioned.
“It has actually created a pleasant cycle the place the Ph.D. college students mentor undergraduate
college students at KSU, who, in return, get to conduct analysis alongside of us at Georgia
Tech. A few of my college students have gone on to enroll in Georgia Tech graduate packages
and begin the cycle over again by mentoring a brand new crop of scholars at KSU.”
One such scholar was Razvan Voicu, who graduated from KSU, then Southern Polytechnic
State College, in 2013. Now pursuing a Ph.D. in laptop engineering at Georgia
Tech, Voicu credit Chang with serving to him uncover a ardour for analysis by means of
the VANET analysis lab.
“With out Dr. Chang’s mentorship and recommendation, I might by no means have continued to my graduate
research,” mentioned Voicu, who additionally teaches in KSU’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. “He has demonstrated endless help, even answering calls in the midst of the
evening to assist resolve points with publications. It’s that sort of help that has
allowed numerous undergraduate and Ph.D. college students to thrive, and is precisely why I
hope to grow to be the identical sort of function mannequin he’s someday.”
Billy Kihei, assistant professor of laptop engineering at Kennesaw State, echoed
Voicu’s sentiments. One in every of Chang’s former Ph.D. college students within the VANET lab, Kihei mentioned
he was given the liberty to chase new concepts en path to honing his experience in sign
“He has supported me by means of each thought I’ve had and absolutely trusted me as a Ph.D. scholar,”
Kihei mentioned. “Whereas some Ph.D. college students are informed what to analysis, Dr. Chang allowed
me the inventive freedom to pursue investigations that I used to be taken with.”
With KSU’s rise to Carnegie-designated R2 analysis standing and the latest addition
of a Ph.D. program in interdisciplinary engineering, Chang mentioned he seems ahead to
seeing what new prospects lie within the VANET analysis lab.
“Every part thought of, KSU has excessive potential to have a extremely profitable engineering
program, and I’m excited to see what new issues we are able to do with our personal Ph.D.
– Travis Highfield
Pictures by David Caselli
A pacesetter in revolutionary instructing and studying, Kennesaw State College affords undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels to its greater than 41,000 college students. With 11 faculties on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the College System of Georgia and the second-largest college within the state. The college’s vibrant campus tradition, various inhabitants, robust international ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw college students from all through the area and from 126 international locations throughout the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral analysis establishment (R2), inserting it amongst an elite group of solely 6 % of U.S. faculties and universities with an R1 or R2 standing. For extra data, go to kennesaw.edu.