Dr. LIANG Hongjin from School of Computer Science and Technology of USTC was awarded “Rising Stars” Prize in electronics and computer research in 2015 by MIT. She was also invited to participate in "Rising Stars" Seminar in MIT on November 8-10.
“Rising Stars” Prize started from 2012 with the goal of finding and encouraging outstanding young female scientists or engineers in electronics and computer science worldwide. 2012 and 2013 “Rising Stars” contests were hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of California Berkeley hosted 2014 competition. This year’s “Rising Stars” contest is again sponsored by MIT. 62 women researchers are chosen, among whom there are 40 PhD students and 22 postdoctoral researchers who graduated in recent years. These distinguished women researchers come from America, Canada, England and Switzerland, and Dr. LIANG is the only one from Asia.
LIANG Hongjin is the fifth person from the left in the first row
The seminar of “Rising Stars” focused on how to cope with difficulties and gain experience in their beginning research. In this year’s seminar, these Rising Stars first introduced their research work through brief academic reports or posters. After that, committee members in MIT Electronics and Computer Department introduced the process and requirement of recruitment. Young professors shared their work experience, and senior professors expounded the function and significance of good leadership. In addition, the seminar also invited a number of professors from other top universities in the United States.
These eminent professors gave advice and guidance on how to introduce research & teaching experience and how to write letters of application and prepare letters of recommendation. Female professors at MIT had a dinner with the Rising Stars sharing experiences and answering questions.
After the meeting, Dr. LIANG was invited to visit Electronics and Computer Department of MIT, and she gave a report entitled “Program Logic Validation of Parallel Objects under Fair Schedule” and had an in-depth academic discussion with MIT professors and students.
Dr. LIANG received her BS degree from the School of Gifted Youth of USTC in 2009, and became recommended exemption graduate for doctoral program in the School of Computer Science and Technology. After graduation she stayed in USTC to make research on program verification and high reliable software as an assistant research professor. Dr. LIANG published several papers in top academic conferences and journals, and was awarded “Distinguished PhD dissertation of Chinese Academy of Sciences” in 2015.
(LI Zhanjun, School of Computer Science and Technology)