Faculty Faction: Lin Sun

Normally we use the Faculty Faction to introduce STEMians to our new faculty. This month, however, we’re doing things a little different. We wanted to take a break from introducing our new faculty to focus on our amazing existing faculty.

LinSunLin Sun, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is entering her third year of teaching at YSU, and is working on some great research, including developing numerical electromagnetic methods.

Before becoming a Penguin, Dr. Sun received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Tsinghua University in Beijing. She received her Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and then worked at Schlumberger-Doll Research. She said she wanted to find an academic job after working with industry for three years so she could bring knowledge she learned while working into the classroom and to students, while also having some time to do research that interests her.

Dr. Sun’s research mainly focuses on electromagnetic fields, but she said teaching different courses has given her a better and deeper understanding of problems in different areas and allows her to connect them together.

She has developed different numerical methods in the past, and wants to continue to work on that.

“Many complicated electromagnetic problems rely on software design. I want to help to solve these problems by developing these numerical electromagnetic methods,” Dr. Sun said. “For example, we can transfer the design of magnet or coils to software design. By developing the numerical methods, it can help to solve different problems in MRI systems. I am very interested in helping to understand the complicated systems using electromagnetic theory.”

Dr. Sun said the best part about teaching at YSU is seeing her students go into the workforce.

“I taught the junior class when I came here,” Dr. Sun said. “They graduated in May and started to work in different areas. It is a very good feeling to see students being able to work independently after learning here.”