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Dr Chuah Chen-Nee is a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis. She received her BS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, and her MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.

Chen-Nee is recognised internationally as a leading networking researcher with her research focusing on Internet measurements, network management, as well as applying data science and machine learning techniques to security detection, personalized healthcare, and intelligent transportation systems. She has approximately 200 publications in international conferences/journals and three awarded patents. Her research contributions to the areas of multi-antenna communication systems, network monitoring, and traffic analysis have global impact on both the academic research community and industry. In 2015, she was selected as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a distinction reserved for select IEEE members who have accomplished extraordinary feats in the field.

As a female Full Professor in Engineering at a research university, Chen-Nee is conscious of her duty as a role model for the minority and under-represented groups in STEM. In 2006, she secured USD769,000 funding from the Department of Education GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) programme aimed at recruiting and supporting women and minority students to enter the PhD programme in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). She is also committed to promoting diversity in the student body through active participation in outreach educational programmes. As a faculty member, she has mentored 3 postdocs, 28 PhD students, 41 MS students, and 31 undergraduates in research projects since 2002. Majority of her mentees have moved on to maintain careers in academia, research labs, and high-tech industries.

My PCGS’s education instilled in me multiple principles that contributed to my success today: discipline, perseverance, modesty, and sisterhood/friendship. Self-discipline prepared me to be very effective at time management, task prioritization, and staying focused. Perseverance saw me through long hours, battling through series of failed experiments before achieving breakthroughs and not to despair or be discouraged in the face of rejections. Modesty trained me not to overestimate my own abilities and be humble even in one’s success. It also allowed me to avoid conflicts with aggressive competitors, learn from and collaborate with others. Sisterhood/friendship taught me the importance to form support networks everywhere I go and establish comradeship at the workplace to create a supportive environment.