Meet Our Faculty


  • Craig Yu

    Assistant Professor, Volgenau

    What will the future of work, everyday life and entertainment be like 5-10 years from now? Craig Yu, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, is leading the Design Computing and Extended Reality (DCXR) group to explore the possibilities.  Yu works on computer graphics, vision, human-computer interaction, and virtual reality, particularly on AI and data-driven techniques for computational design. He is the lead inventor of the Make-it-Home, a pioneering system for automated interior design.
  • Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Volgenau

    As an instructor, Abbas Zaidi’s pedagogical approach has been to challenge his students to solve real world problems as independent thinkers, utilizing their learned techniques and not relying solely on solution recipes provided in textbooks or lectures. He thinks his job as a teacher ends the moment a student becomes an independent learner. As a teacher, he finds this journey rewarding in many ways for both himself and for his students: he thinks the students have taught him more in this process. He firmly believes that learning should be a fulfilling and, therefore, a joyful experience.
  • Feitian Zhang

    Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volgenau

    Feitian Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University. He received the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Automatic Control from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, in 2007 and 2009, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, in 2014.
  • Assistant Professor, Volgenau

    Liang Zhao's research interests include data mining and machine learning, with particular emphasis on social media modeling, feature selection, and public health informatics. He earned his PhD in computer science at Virginia Tech in 2016.
  • Yutao Zhong

    Associate Professor, Computer Science, Volgenau

    Yutao Zhong contributes to research and academic excellence at the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University. Her research in computer systems, specifically on program locality analysis has advanced the research positioning of the Department of Computer Science within the field. Research Research Interests Computer Systems
  • Associate Professor, Sid and Reva Dewberry Dept of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau

    Shanjiang Zhu is an associate professor of transportation planning and engineering at George Mason University. He graduated from Tsinghua University with a bachelor's degree in 2003 and a master's degree in 2005. During 2001-2003, he studied at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, in France, as a dual-degree student. He obtained his PhD at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2010 and worked two years as a research scientist at the University of Maryland before joining Mason Engineering.