Faculty Advisor

Dr. Su Yan received the B.S. degree in electromagnetics and microwave technology from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China, in 2005, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC), Urbana, IL, USA, in 2012 and 2016, respectively. 

From August 2016 to July 2018, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate and an Instructor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC. He joined the Howard University, Washington, DC, USA, as an Assistant Professor in August 2018, serves as the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science since June 2020, and serves as the Director of IBM-HBCU Quantum Center since October 2023. He has authored or coauthored over 120 papers in refereed journals and conferences, three book chapters, and one edited book. His current research interests include nonlinear electromagnetic and multiphysics problems, extreme-scale and multi-scale algorithms for electromagnetic scattering and radiation, numerical methods in electromagnetic design, optimization, and computational imaging, and machine learning for scientific computing.

Dr. Yan is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Full Member of the USNC-URSI Commission B, and a Life Member of the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES). He was a recipient of the NSF Early Career Award in 2023, the ACES Early Career Award "for contributions to linear and nonlinear electromagnetic and multiphysics modeling and simulation methods" by ACES in 2020, the P. D. Coleman Outstanding Research Award and the Yuen T. Lo Outstanding Research Award by UIUC, in 2015 and 2014, respectively. He was also a recipient of the Edward E. Altschuler AP-S Magazine Prize Paper Award by IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society in 2020, the Best Student Paper Award (The First Place Winner) at the IEEE ICWITS/ACES 2016 Conference, Honolulu, HI, USA, in 2016, the USNC/URSI Travel Fellowship Grant Award by the National Academies in 2015, the Best Student Paper Award (The First Place Winner) at the 27th International Review of Progress in ACES, Williamsburg, VA, USA, in 2011, and the Best Student Paper Award by the IEEE Chengdu Section in 2010. He serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Access, an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Numerical Modelling: Electronic Networks, Devices and Fields, and a Reviewer for multiple journals and conferences. He also served as a Guest Editor for the International Journal of Numerical Modelling: Electronic Networks, Devices and Fields and a Lead Guest Editor for the International Journal of Antennas and Propagation.

Current Graduate Students

Minyechil Mekonnen 

Ph.D. Student

Laila Wise

Ph.D. Student

Amzad Hossain

Ph.D. Student

Abdullah Noor

Ph.D. Student

Meratun Anee

Ph.D. Student

Past Graduate Students

Current Undergraduate Students

Past Undergraduate Students