Future PhD students
If you have sent me a long message with your CV or skills please read the following.
I thank you for your interest in joining my group.
Please avoid sending me a message with your CV or long explanations
about your skills and job experience:
I get too many messages from prospective students.
I cannot evaluate your qualifications and accept you directly;
you must be evaluated by a committee, sorry.
Instead, please apply to our PhD program or MS program:
mention my name and "big data systems & systems programming"
in the UH application and
your statement (where you explain why you want to pursue a PhD or
MS with my group).
Your application will be given full consideration by a committee that
will carefully evaluate your grades, reference letters and research goals.
Notice the GRE is no longer required for PhD students.
Let me emphasize all admitted PhD students at UH
receive financial support (i.e. an assistantship position).
Therefore, do not worry about paying tuition and living expenses.
Instead choose a professor/area which can challenge your intellectual skills.
Unfortunately, MS students cannot receive financial support
(university policy, unless they transition and are admitted to the PhD program).
It is important to understand that professors cannot override admission requirements,
regardless of research area or academic credentials (please do not insist, no exceptions).
But there is flexibility to help you achieve your goals:
you can change PhD advisor during your first year, or even the 2nd year,
in case my research (or some other professor research area)
is not a good fit for you
(for instance, too much math, complex C++ programming, weak OS knowledge OR some other
area looks more exciting).
Therefore, think well about your research area,
compare publications, look at previous students and apply with the professor whose
research looks more interesting and with better job prospect.
Let me close stating
I am always looking for motivated PhD and MS students (thesis option),
willing to learn "systems" and "theory" to advance data science.
I do not have any postdoc, undergraduate TA, or visiting scientist positions.
If you have already been conditionally accepted to our PhD program and you are looking for a PhD please send me a short message explaining specific topics you like (look at my recent papers). Even better, explain it in your statement letter when you apply.
It is desirable a future PhD student has background (at the college level) in most of the following topics:
Students who took a course with me
Reference letters: I feel honored to be contacted by previous students to get reference
letters to apply for jobs or to some other CS program.
Unfortunately, I get too many requests.
Therefore, unless you have worked
closely with me (research paper, thesis, honors project)
or I know you well (exceptional class participation, top programming skills),
please do not ask.
Past PhD and MS students who worked with me
The job prospect for students who have worked in my group is excellent,
because such student has achieved strong programming skills,
strong computer systems knowledge and understands the mathematical theory behind analytics.
My past students end up working on big data or data science software development.
MS students looking for an assistantship (RA,TA)
We cannot provide any form of financial support to MS students or students from other departments.
Please avoid sending us spam messages with your attached resume.
Instead, please look up UH resources for campus jobs.