Ziyu Yao awarded Presidential Fellowship

Posted: January 21, 2021

Several Buckeye engineers have earned the highest honor given by The Ohio State University Graduate School—a Presidential Fellowship.

This award recognizes the outstanding scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Awarded competitively, Presidential Fellowships provide one year of full-time financial support so students can complete their dissertations or terminal degree projects unimpeded by other duties. Competitions are held during autumn and spring semesters.

The College of Engineering’s Autumn 2020 Presidential Fellows are Ali Asghari Adib (Mechanical Engineering), Cheng Han Li (Materials Science and Engineering), Vigyanshu Mishra (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Troy Shilt (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) and Ziyu Yao (Computer Science and Engineering).

Ziyu Yao

Ziyu Yao is a PhD candidate in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, advised by Assistant Professor Huan Sun. Her research explores natural language processing and artificial intelligence. In particular, Yao aims at building interactive natural language interfaces—such as question answering systems—that can reliably assist humans in knowledge discovery and problem solving, with applications in software engineering and healthcare.

Two additional Autumn 2020 Presidential Fellows are advised by engineering faculty. Assistant Professor Karen Dannemiller is advising Sarah Ruth Haines from the School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Professor Leonard Brillson is advising Brenton Alan Noesges from the Department of Physics. Dannemiller holds joint appointments in civil, environmental and geodetic engineering, and environmental health sciences. Brillson holds joint appointments in electrical and computer engineering, and physics.

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