I am a doctorate student at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. I am very fortunate to be advised by Professor Brandy Aven since 2012.

        My research interests lie in the area of organizational theory, including social network analysis, career mobility, group dynamics, and organizational learning. The overarching goal of my research is to understand the structural underpinnings of macro-level phenomena, such as knowledge transfer, evaluation, and mobility. I build on literature in social networks, organizational sociology, social psychology, and strategy.


I first came to CMU to pursue a master degree in Software Management. During that time, I was lucky enough to work with my advisor as a research assistant. At the risk of sounding cliche, Brandy has been a near ideal advisor to me. Later I transferred to Tepper School of Business and started my doctoral study.

        Before enrolling at CMU, I obtained my bachelor and master degrees in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University, China. I also received a bachelor degree in Economics from Tsinghua University, China. During my time at Tsinghua, I spent two fun years interning in Beijing, first with the device group at Ericsson, then with the technical sales group at IBM. These internship experience had led me to appreciate the role that social networks play in organizations. This appreciation eventually led to my pursuit of Organizational Behavior and Theory