Yen named recipient of Graduate Faculty Teaching Award

April 09, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — John Yen, professor of information sciences and technology, has received the 2015 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award. Established in 1992 by The Graduate School, the award is presented to faculty members in recognition of outstanding teaching performance and advising of graduate students.

Since joining the University in 2001, Yen has been an active leader in the graduate program. He served as professor in charge from 2003 to 2007 and as associate dean of research and graduate programs from 2007 to 2010.

As one of the most senior faculty members in the IST graduate program, Yen is dedicated to improving the curriculum. He has proposed new courses in science data and taught core courses in computational informatics. He has also served on the graduate recruiting committee and the graduate advisory council.

“Yen has worked tirelessly with a large number of graduate students. In the past year, he supervised a doctoral candidate’s dissertation to successful completion,” said a nominator. Yen also supervised five IST doctoral candidates, co-chaired another IST student and served as dissertation advisor to a computer science doctoral candidate.

“The ability to place doctoral students in both highly regarded companies and universities upon graduation provides strong evidence of Yen’s capabilities as an advisor and mentor,” said a nominator. “Most of his former graduate students have gone on to work in industry research groups at leading technology firms such as Google and Amazon. Others have gone on to academic careers in tenure track faculty positions at highly respected institutions including Harvard University and the University of Iowa.”

Yen’s students say he tells them passion and energy can be a more effective research tool than intelligence and hard work.

“Thanks to Dr. Yen, I always try to put all my efforts into every single moment and try to enjoy the moment,” said a former graduate student. “I really enjoyed my Ph.D. program and was very passionate at my research. Even today, my manager at Google highly evaluates me as an energetic engineer.”

Last Updated April 09, 2015