My name is Yunan Liu (刘雨楠). I am an Associate 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 University, 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 to health care, customer contact centers, manufacturing systems, transportation, and blockchain 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 that covers various types of stochastic processes, such as Brownian motions, martingales, quasi birth-and-death processes, and fundamental queueing models; ISE 762: Stochastic Simulation Techniques.

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, basket ball and badminton. When I am not in my office or my classrooms, I am probably running in Umstead Park or rock climbing at Triangle Rock Club.