The School of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) welcomes Meiyin Liu as an assistant professor, who joined the department for the fall 2020 semester.
“Meiyin is a dynamic addition to our department,” says CEE chair and professor Nenad Gucunski. “Her wealth of expertise includes her interdisciplinary background from construction and computer engineering, along with her translational/applied research experience gleaned from her entrepreneurial activities.”
Liu earned her Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Michigan, where she focused on computer vision-based human motion capture and automated on-site ergonomic risk assessment for construction workers. She also earned a master’s degree in computer engineering in order to be able to develop reliable technologies that can be deployed on real jobsites. Her ergonomic research led to a position as vice president of product management for start-up company Kinetica Labs, Inc.
At Rutgers, Liu looks forward to setting up a lab that will explore automation and robotics in construction and infrastructure engineering. "My goal is to contribute my knowledge to improving the level of automation on real jobsites via broad collaborations while helping students to embrace the industry's frontier,” she explains.
“I’m excited about the School of Engineering’s unique proximity to real civil engineering projects and companies,” Liu says. “These resources perfectly fit my goal of developing translational research in practical scenarios to make a real difference. They also bring significant advantages to teaching practice-oriented courses in construction.”
Liu plans to engage her students by getting involved in their long-term career planning. “In the classroom, I’ll connect lecture materials to industry practice to emphasize skills commonly expected by companies,” she explains. “Besides lectures, I hope to help with my students’ career development by sharing my experience in recruiting junior employees,” she adds.