Prof. Yi Lu Murphey appointed chair of ECE department
October 3, 2007
DEARBORN / Oct. 3, 2007---Yi Lu Murphey, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn effective Sept. 1.
Her three-year appointment was approved by the U-M Regents at their meeting in Ann Arbor last month.
Murphey has been a member of the UM-Dearborn faculty since 1992, when she was appointed assistant professor. She was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1997, and to professor in 2003.
Before joining the UM-Dearborn faculty, Murphey was a research scientist at the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan.
Murphey received her bachelor’s degree from the Shanghai Teachers College, a master’s degree in computer science from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. in computer engineering from the University of Michigan.
“Professor Murphey leads her department in the amount of sustained external research support from federal and industrial sponsors resulting in numerous publications and financial support for graduate students,” Chancellor Daniel Little wrote in recommending Murphey’s appointment as chair. She also regularly reviews articles for technical journals and refereed conferences.
Last year, a project led by Murphey received $287,000 in funding through the first round of Michigan’s 21st Century Jobs Fund initiative. Murphey’s project, titled “Machine Learning Approaches to Vehicle Power Management,” was designed to study how to make maximum advantage of new approaches to control energy flows through vehicle systems, including hybrid fuel technologies.
In administrative roles, Murphey has worked on committees to develop, evaluate and assess both undergraduate and graduate programs, and was responsible for coordinating her department’s preparation for a re-accreditation process in 2004. She also served as chair of the campus-wide “Agenda for Women” committee.