Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Jie Sun has been granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of mathematics in the School of Arts & Sciences.
Sun, who also holds a courtesy appointment in both the Department of Physics and Department of Computer Science, is a core member of the newly established interdisciplinary research center Clarkson Center for Complex Systems Science, also known as "C3S2."
He received both his bachelor of science degree in physics and bachelor of economics degree in finance from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His master of science and doctoral degrees in mathematics are from Clarkson.
Sun's area of expertise lies in the theory and application of dynamical systems, complex networks, information theory and inverse problems. He has interest in a broad range of research topics, including data-enabled causal network inference with applications in brain science, genetics, social interactions, epidemic spreading, and structural health monitoring; spatial network modeling; design of decentralized and personalized rating and ranking engines; modeling and control of animal collective behavior; as well as optimization and control of synchronization and desynchronization in complex network dynamics.
He has co-authored more than 30 refereed journal articles, including some that appeared in prestigious journals, such as Physical Review Letters, Physical Review X, and SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems.
In addition, he has delivered invited and contributed talks in various international conferences, workshops and university seminars, and served as a reviewer for numerous academic journals.
His research has been supported by external funding from the U.S. Army Research Office, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, as well as the Simons Foundation.
He is an active member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the American Physics Society (APS), helped establish the SIAM Student Chapter at Northwestern University and is now a faculty advisor of the SIAM Student Chapter at Clarkson.
Sun is currently advising or co-advising seven graduate students, and has worked so far with more than 10 undergraduates and two postdocs from diverse disciplines and backgrounds.
Before re-joining Clarkson as a tenure-track assistant professor of mathematics in 2012, Sun was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Northwestern University and a visiting postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University.