Professor Wang Qian—A truth seeker and thinker
Author:Li Minjia Date:Dec 15, 2016 Clicks:

Just back from a business trip, Wang Qian, professor of the School of Computer Science, Wuhan University (WHU) and the first scholar from the university conferred with the IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Outstanding Young Researcher Award, threw himself into heated discussion with his team again. Recently, he came under the spotlight around the campus for his contribution in cloud computing security which studies the possibility of mining the rule of encrypted information, reaching the balance between privacy and the utilization of data.

Wang Qian acquired his bachelor degree in communication engineering in WHU and went to the Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences for further study in communication science. Two years later, he was admitted into the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he branched out in a new direction concerning the “Internet of Things” and cloud computing security. Young, passionate, talented and successful-- these labels may outline this professor, but these traits are only scratching the surface of a wonderful person.

  undefined

Professor Wang Qian during the interview

“To get back is my only wish”

With his parents working as staff members at WHU and him living on campus for more than twenty years, Wang Qian enjoyed a more homelike atmosphere in WHU than most of the other students during his college years, but he was also met with rather strict requirements set by his parents. “When I was a child, my neighbors were all adorable professors from various schools of WHU and they were like real legendary figures.” said Wang Qian, “No wonder my parents made it a rule for me to struggle for the best during my childhood.” These strict standards helped Wang Qian develop a well-constructed self-reflecting system. “It was not until recent years that I realized how it had worked for me. They helped me develop good habit so that I would never be accustomed to lead a mediocre or aimless life. Whenever I get lost, I can soon find my way back.”

The five-year PhD study in Illinois Institute of Technology was a tough and remarkable experience for Wang Qian. Having changed his main specialization from communication engineering to cloud security and privacy, Wang Qian was fully absorbed in his study. “My life was just in laboratories, my home and the school cafeteria—that’s what they called “three point one line”. I have never gone on a trip in five years. All I was concerned with was acquiring more results in less time.” said Wang Qian. Fortunately, such an “ascetic” lifestyle won him various options when he graduated. “I will never forget what my PhD advisor had told me.” Wang Qian recalled, “‘You have to exert much more effort to get the opportunity to compete with those superiors.’ It’s still my motto.”

In 2013, Wang Qian returned to WHU. “I decided to go back to WHU the moment I graduated,” Wang Qian said. “WHU is my home and education is another science that I’m nitpicky about.” Eager to pass on what he has learned in the past few years, Wang Qian successfully made his return as a member of the Thousand Talents Program. “Getting back to WHU was my only wish then.” Now, Wang Qian still believes that it was the best choice possible.

Education requires respect

When talking about his new award from IEEE ComSoc which brought him into the spotlight around the campus, Wang Qian’s response was quite careless. “It’s an approval of what I have done in recent years.” In fact, he seemed to be much more passionate toward his teaching and research rather than fame.

Three years after getting back to WHU, Wang Qian launched the Networking Information System Security and Privacy (NIS&P) Lab, a program recruiting outstanding undergraduates, graduates and PhD students from the School of Computer Science. Unlike the strict requirements to join other labs, undergraduates are the main strength of the NIS&P Lab. “Anyone who shows any interest in scientific research is welcomed,” Wang Qian said. The lab encourages students to develop under three aspects: passion, academic performance and plans on the future. Wang Qian applies a multi-layer development system and sets different study projects based on their backgrounds. “For students going abroad after graduation, I emphasize their English writing skills; while for those who remain home, theoretical groundwork should be of priority.”

When talking about the development of his students, Wang Qian expressed his vacillation. “It’s kind of a catch-22 for me. On one hand I strongly support them to go abroad or find jobs for further development after graduation, while on the other hand, I really wish that all my students would like to stay here in WHU, and continue studying and working in the NIS&P Lab. It’s hard to say goodbye when you have spent years together.”

However, Professor Wang Qian seems to have already found the solution. “To develop the NIS&P Lab itself is the best way to attract and retain talent.” For three years Wang Qian has taken nearly all his students in the NIS&P Lab abroad to attend international conferences. Anyone who has just published referent essays or Wang Qian thinks will benefit a lot will be offered the chance to preview the newest scientific research products. “Even my wife envies my students sometimes,” Wang Qian bantered. “I myself wasn’t able to attend so many conferences during my PhD life, so I really try my best to offer as many resources as possible to my students.”

Professor Wang Qian treats his students more as colleagues and friends rather than disciples. Never underestimating their potential abilities and always be willing to give chances to novices, Wang Qian shows great respect for education. The effort and passion Wang Qian pours into education also pays off when the eagerness to join the NIS&P Lab spreads rapidly throughout the Computer School. Many of his students have already been able to conduct some experiments independently. “I am working in one of the best laboratories around the world,” said Xiao Feng, one of Wang Qian’s undergraduate members.

Pure science, pure thinker

With Internet security’s importance spreading over several branches, the demand for computing security experts needs to be met more than ever, yet Wang Qian still sticks to his pure scientific principles. “I seldom take in engineering projects from companies though I know that many teachers are willing to do so,” Wang Qian said. Concerned that premature contact with lucrative projects might thwart the potential development of students, Wang Qian had nearly turned down all outsourcing projects. From his point of view, most company projects tend to be the same repetitious labor work which lack creativity, requiring only coding ability to realize certain functions. “Theory practice is a more beneficial way.” Wang Qian not only requires students to finish theoretical work but also to understand the application models, during which the habit of logical thinking and of organizing information can take root in them. Wang Qian admitted that industrial engineering projects could help students get familiar with industrial operations in advance, but it was much more important to sustain their pure love for science during their college lives.

Under the guidance of Wang Qian, his team had achieved great success in recent competitions. They won the first prize in the National College Student Information Security Contest and National College Competition on Internet of Things. “Coding might seem to be cornucopia at present, but creativity is always valued,” said Wang Qian.

Professor Wang Qian has already set his goal for the next five years, which would be another period filled with painstaking work. Once reaching a stage where the marginal utility of a newly published essay or another award can no longer strike you as greatly as the first time, one can only rely on his own persistence and passion to sustain the enthusiasm for scientific research. Fortunately, the utmost obsession with science is still maintained in Professor Wang Qian’s heart, which will be the best gift that he has ever bestowed on this ivory tower.

Edited by Wu Siying, Edmund & Hu Sijia

 

Just back from a business trip, Wang Qian, professor of the School of Computer Science, Wuhan University (WHU) and the first scholar from the university conferred with the IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Outstanding Young Researcher Award, threw himself into heated discussion with his team again. Recently, he came under the spotlight around the campus for his contribution in cloud computing security which studies the possibility of mining the rule of encrypted information, reaching the balance between privacy and the utilization of data.

Wang Qian acquired his bachelor degree in communication engineering in WHU and went to the Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences for further study in communication science. Two years later, he was admitted into the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he branched out in a new direction concerning the “Internet of Things” and cloud computing security. Young, passionate, talented and successful-- these labels may outline this professor, but these traits are only scratching the surface of a wonderful person.

  undefined

Professor Wang Qian during the interview

“To get back is my only wish”

With his parents working as staff members at WHU and him living on campus for more than twenty years, Wang Qian enjoyed a more homelike atmosphere in WHU than most of the other students during his college years, but he was also met with rather strict requirements set by his parents. “When I was a child, my neighbors were all adorable professors from various schools of WHU and they were like real legendary figures.” said Wang Qian, “No wonder my parents made it a rule for me to struggle for the best during my childhood.” These strict standards helped Wang Qian develop a well-constructed self-reflecting system. “It was not until recent years that I realized how it had worked for me. They helped me develop good habit so that I would never be accustomed to lead a mediocre or aimless life. Whenever I get lost, I can soon find my way back.”

The five-year PhD study in Illinois Institute of Technology was a tough and remarkable experience for Wang Qian. Having changed his main specialization from communication engineering to cloud security and privacy, Wang Qian was fully absorbed in his study. “My life was just in laboratories, my home and the school cafeteria—that’s what they called “three point one line”. I have never gone on a trip in five years. All I was concerned with was acquiring more results in less time.” said Wang Qian. Fortunately, such an “ascetic” lifestyle won him various options when he graduated. “I will never forget what my PhD advisor had told me.” Wang Qian recalled, “‘You have to exert much more effort to get the opportunity to compete with those superiors.’ It’s still my motto.”

In 2013, Wang Qian returned to WHU. “I decided to go back to WHU the moment I graduated,” Wang Qian said. “WHU is my home and education is another science that I’m nitpicky about.” Eager to pass on what he has learned in the past few years, Wang Qian successfully made his return as a member of the Thousand Talents Program. “Getting back to WHU was my only wish then.” Now, Wang Qian still believes that it was the best choice possible.

Education requires respect

When talking about his new award from IEEE ComSoc which brought him into the spotlight around the campus, Wang Qian’s response was quite careless. “It’s an approval of what I have done in recent years.” In fact, he seemed to be much more passionate toward his teaching and research rather than fame.

Three years after getting back to WHU, Wang Qian launched the Networking Information System Security and Privacy (NIS&P) Lab, a program recruiting outstanding undergraduates, graduates and PhD students from the School of Computer Science. Unlike the strict requirements to join other labs, undergraduates are the main strength of the NIS&P Lab. “Anyone who shows any interest in scientific research is welcomed,” Wang Qian said. The lab encourages students to develop under three aspects: passion, academic performance and plans on the future. Wang Qian applies a multi-layer development system and sets different study projects based on their backgrounds. “For students going abroad after graduation, I emphasize their English writing skills; while for those who remain home, theoretical groundwork should be of priority.”

When talking about the development of his students, Wang Qian expressed his vacillation. “It’s kind of a catch-22 for me. On one hand I strongly support them to go abroad or find jobs for further development after graduation, while on the other hand, I really wish that all my students would like to stay here in WHU, and continue studying and working in the NIS&P Lab. It’s hard to say goodbye when you have spent years together.”

However, Professor Wang Qian seems to have already found the solution. “To develop the NIS&P Lab itself is the best way to attract and retain talent.” For three years Wang Qian has taken nearly all his students in the NIS&P Lab abroad to attend international conferences. Anyone who has just published referent essays or Wang Qian thinks will benefit a lot will be offered the chance to preview the newest scientific research products. “Even my wife envies my students sometimes,” Wang Qian bantered. “I myself wasn’t able to attend so many conferences during my PhD life, so I really try my best to offer as many resources as possible to my students.”

Professor Wang Qian treats his students more as colleagues and friends rather than disciples. Never underestimating their potential abilities and always be willing to give chances to novices, Wang Qian shows great respect for education. The effort and passion Wang Qian pours into education also pays off when the eagerness to join the NIS&P Lab spreads rapidly throughout the Computer School. Many of his students have already been able to conduct some experiments independently. “I am working in one of the best laboratories around the world,” said Xiao Feng, one of Wang Qian’s undergraduate members.

Pure science, pure thinker

With Internet security’s importance spreading over several branches, the demand for computing security experts needs to be met more than ever, yet Wang Qian still sticks to his pure scientific principles. “I seldom take in engineering projects from companies though I know that many teachers are willing to do so,” Wang Qian said. Concerned that premature contact with lucrative projects might thwart the potential development of students, Wang Qian had nearly turned down all outsourcing projects. From his point of view, most company projects tend to be the same repetitious labor work which lack creativity, requiring only coding ability to realize certain functions. “Theory practice is a more beneficial way.” Wang Qian not only requires students to finish theoretical work but also to understand the application models, during which the habit of logical thinking and of organizing information can take root in them. Wang Qian admitted that industrial engineering projects could help students get familiar with industrial operations in advance, but it was much more important to sustain their pure love for science during their college lives.

Under the guidance of Wang Qian, his team had achieved great success in recent competitions. They won the first prize in the National College Student Information Security Contest and National College Competition on Internet of Things. “Coding might seem to be cornucopia at present, but creativity is always valued,” said Wang Qian.

Professor Wang Qian has already set his goal for the next five years, which would be another period filled with painstaking work. Once reaching a stage where the marginal utility of a newly published essay or another award can no longer strike you as greatly as the first time, one can only rely on his own persistence and passion to sustain the enthusiasm for scientific research. Fortunately, the utmost obsession with science is still maintained in Professor Wang Qian’s heart, which will be the best gift that he has ever bestowed on this ivory tower.

Edited by Wu Siying, Edmund & Hu Sijia

 

关闭

Copyright @ 2014 Wuhan University | by sigutech