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Professor Li receives a 2014 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence

Professor Qun Li

"The Plumeri Awards are a vital, tangible affirmation of those who make William & Mary one of the world’s great liberal arts universities, rooted in the liberal arts and based on the close interaction of students and faculty," said Provost Michael R. Halleran. "To achieve this type of experience for all students, we need resources that allow faculty to expand their work freely, as well as to increase the involvement of students in that work. The Plumeri Awards do exactly that."

Computer Science is proud to announce that Professor Li has been selected as one of the 2014 Plumeri recipients. The award—now in its sixth year—recognizes 20 faculty members for their exemplary achievements in teaching, research, and service. Faculty members have used the award to enhance their research and teaching and to support travel to scholarly conferences.

Professor Li is an exceptional researcher and an extraordinary mentor, working with his students to make significant advancements in the field of networked systems. Networked systems include social networks, smartphones, smart grid systems and wireless local area networks. Li’s research, focused primarily on increasing the efficiency and security of these systems, has received almost $2 million in grants from the National Science Foundation, including the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award. The achievements of his research group rank among the forefront of the field, including the creation of the first search engine for textual data in sensor networks. Li also has worked with his students to develop methods of significantly reducing the system power consumption of smartphones. Since 2000, Li’s nonstop output has resulted in 86 publications, including refereed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers, many of which were co-written with William & Mary graduates and undergraduates. In his service with the Graduate Admissions Committee, Li takes a hands-on approach to recruiting overseas students, personally calling top candidates from China to discuss William & Mary’s graduate program in computer science. He holds a doctorate in computer science from Dartmouth College.

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