My name is Yunan Liu (刘雨楠). I am an Assistant Professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at NC State University. I received my B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2002; my M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR) from Columbia University in 2008; and my Ph.D., also in IEOR from Columbia, in 2011. The title of my dissertation is: “Many-server queues with time-varying arrivals, customer abandonment and non-exponential distributions”. My Ph.D. adviser is Professor Ward Whitt.

Research and Teaching

My research interests include stochastic modeling, applied probability and queueing theory, with applications in health care, customer contact centers and manufacturing systems.The classes I regularly teach include “ISE 362: Stochastic Models in IE”, which is an introductory level Operations Research course for undergraduate students; “ISE 760: Applied Stochastic Modeling”, which is a Ph.D. core course; and  “ISE 761: Advanced Stochastic Modeling and Queues”, which is a sequel course to ISE 760. ISE 761 covers various types of stochastic processes, such as Brownian motions, martingales, branching processes, regenerative processes and Markov renewal processes, supplementing ISE 760.

About Me

I was born and grew up in Beijing, China. I went to the No.4 high school. I like running, rock climbing, hiking, swimming, basket ball, table tennis and skating. When I am not in my office or my classrooms, I am probably running in Umstead Park or rock climbing at Triangle Rock Club.