Research Team

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.

Helen Keller


The team! The team! The team! (August 2022)

University of Michigan

PhD students
Wanping Dong

Wanping Dong is a first-year PhD student in Industrial, Operations, and Engineering at the University of Michigan. Before that, she received her undergraduate degree in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Peking University. Her research interest is designing and analyzing algorithms for solving optimization problems related to machine learning.

Jiahao Shi

Jiahao Shi is an incoming PhD student (Fall 2021) in the department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. Before joining IOE, he received the bachelor’s degree in the school of Mathematics at the Shandong University and the master’s degree in the department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the Johns Hopkins University. He is interested in stochastic optimization, derivative-free optimization, and machine learning. His research is motivated by solving real-world optimization problems. He is currently working on constrained stochastic optimization. (website)


Master’s students
Tunan Wang

Tunan Wang is a 2nd-year Master’s student majoring in Applied Statistics at the University of Michigan. He is interested in developing optimization methods that can be applied to real-world problems. And currently, he is focusing on distributed optimization problems.

Chengyue Zhang

Chengyue Zhang is a Master’s student in IOE at the University of Michigan. She was an undergraduate student in the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiaotong University Dual Degree program. She majored in Industrial and Operations Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. She is interested in optimization algorithms and application of optimization methods in real-life problems.


Undergraduate students
Zihong Yi
Zihong Yi

Zihong Yi is a senior undergraduate double majoring in Honors Math and Computer Science at University of Michigan. He is interested in Optimization, Algorithms, and Combinatorics. The idea of studying the underlying mathematical structure of discrete objects as well as the design and analysis of algorithms to solve or optimize real-world problems fascinates me. (website)


Former Students (chronological order)

  • Xiaoyi Qu (2020-2022): University of Michigan (Undergraduate)
  • Samir Agarwala (2021-2021): University of Michigan (Undergraduate)
  • Kai Liu (2020-2021): University of Michigan (Master’s)
  • Jiannan Xu (2020-2021): University of Michigan (Master’s)
  • Liyuan Cao (2018-2020): Lehigh University (PhD)
  • Ved Patel (2018-2020): Lehigh University (Master’s)
  • Sudeep Metha (2018-2020): Lehigh University (Master’s)
  • Sergey Rusakov (2018-2019): Lehigh University (PhD)
  • Zheng Shi (2018-2019): Lehigh University (PhD)