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Ada Cai
Associate Professor
PhD in Computer Science
MS in Computer Science
BS in Computer Science
Background: Dr. Cai received her Ph.D degree in Computer Science from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, in 2009. Before working at Washington Technology University, she spent 6 years in Shanghai Jiao Tong University as an assistant professor where she taught several key courses in Computer Science, including Algorithms, Programming languages, etc. Ada has a passion for teaching and received "Excellent Young Faculty" and "New Teaching Star" awards. She also conducted research in concurrent models for program analysis and supervised graduate students with their master theses. Ada was awarded to two grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China.
Emma Kong
Assistant Professor
PhD in Computer Engineering
MS in Communication Engineering
BS in Information Engineering
Background: Dr. Kong received a B.S degree in Information Engineering from South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China, M.S degree in Communication Engineering from National Central University, Taiwan, and Ph.D degree in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University in January 2018. Before working at Washington Technology University, she was a research assistant and teaching assistant in the areas of networking, stochastic modeling and control in communication networks since 2011. She assisted in multiple undergraduate and graduate courses, which included Computer Networks, Introduction to Computer Systems, Introduction to Wireless Networking, Principles of Electrical Engineering, and Queuing Theory. Her missions are not only to convey knowledge efficiently to students, but also to inspire and motivate students inside and outside the classroom.

Adjunct Faculty

Joshua Dwight
Adjunct Lecturer
PhD in Information Technology (2022 anticipated)
MS in Management of Information Systems
Master of Business Administration
BA in Accounting and International Business
Background: Mr. Dwight has worked as an analyst, auditor, and program manager for companies such as Boeing, Washington Federal Savings, and Costco. In his spare time, besides teaching, Mr. Dwight is pursuing his PhD in Information Technology from the University of the Cumberland and holds an MBA and Master in Information Systems Management from LSU Shreveport and Seattle Pacific University respectively. He is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt.
David Hendrickson
Adjunct Lecturer
PhD in Information Systems
MS in Software Engineering
BS in Electrical Engineering
Background: Dr. Hendrickson previously served as the Executive Director of the Technology Institute at City University of Seattle. With nearly 20 years of industry experience, Dr. Hendrickson has worked for companies such as Philips Healthcare, Boston Scientific, Medtronic and IBM in engineering and management roles. Dr. Hendrickson holds patents in machine learning. Dr. Hendrickson holds degrees in Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, and Information Systems from University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas and Nova Southeastern University respectively.
Deanne Larson
Adjunct Lecturer
PhD in International Management
DM in Information Systems and Technology
MS in Business Analytics
Background: Dr. Larson runs her own project consulting company and previously served as a Director with AT&T Wireless. Dr. Larson holds two doctorates, one in management (DM) in IT Leadership from University of Phoenix as well as PhD in International Management from the International School of Management in Paris. Dr. Larson’s dissertations are centered on the value of data in establishing a corporate data strategy and on success factors for data science-centric products and services. She also holds a Master’s in Business Analytics from NYU Stern School of Business.
Andrew Lin
Adjunct Lecturer
PhD in Computer Science
MS in Computer Science
BS in Mathematics
Background: Dr. Lin has worked as a software engineer for companies such as Google, Bloomberg L.P., Microsoft and C2 Education. Andrew is an accomplished pianist, enjoys astronomy and playing/programming games. Dr. Lin holds a Bachelor degree in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master and PhD in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Sophia Liu
Adjunct Lecturer
PhD in Electrical Engineering
MS in Electrical Engineering
BS in Electrical Engineering
Background: Dr. Liu is currently working as a Data Scientist in Analysis and Experimentation (A&E) at Microsoft. Dr. Liu received her M.S. and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and Northwestern University in 2012 and 2016, respectively. She has won two best paper awards and has worked at Bell Labs, Cisco, and Alliance Data Systems before joining Microsoft.
Dennis Vickers
Adjunct Lecturer
PhD in Information Systems
MBA emphasis in Information Technology
BS in Management of Information Systems
Background: Dr. Vickers is currently a software project consultant but previously served as President, Vice President, Director of various software companies including his own. Dr. Vickers holds a Bachelor degree in MIS from California State University, Fullerton, MBA from Chapman University, and PhD in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Vicker's dissertation’s focus was the creation of a domain aware genetic algorithm for the p-Median Problem.
Jingfen Zhang
Adjunct Lecturer
PhD in Computer Science
MS in Computer Science
BS in Computer Science
Background: Dr. Zhang is currently a Senior Scientist for Microsoft working on deep learning. Prior to joining Microsoft, Jingfen spent nearly six years with Amazon as a Lead Research Scientist and before that a research Professor at the University of Missouri. Dr. Zhang holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.