My Academic Genealogy

Most doctoral students work with an academic advisor, who served as their mentor. Through the student-mentor relationship, the educational culture, research styles, manners and ethics are passed on from advisor to student and from one generation to the next.

I have traced the genealogy of my mentorship through several generations and discovered that my academic roots began with Thomas Alva Edison. Edison never had an academic mentor and attended public school for only 3 weeks.

Click here to see my academic genealogy:

Jane Cleland-HuangMy Adviser was:

Jane Cleland-Huang

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago.
Faculty: DePaul University
Jane Cleland-HuangJane's Adviser was:

Carl K. Chang

Ph.D. Northwestern University

Faculty: Iowa State

Stephen S. YauCarl's Adviser was:

Stephen S. Yau

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Faculty: Northwestern University

Stephen's Adviser was:

Mac Elwyn Van Valkenburg

Ph. D. Stanford University

Dissertation Title: Polarization and Fading Studies of Meteoric Radio Echoes

Faculty: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mac's Adviser was:

Oswald Garrison Villard, Jr.

Ph. D. Stanford University

Dissertation Title: A New Technique for Studying Meteors and the Upper Atmosphere

Faculty: Stanford University

Oswald's Adviser was:

Frederick E. Terman

Sc.D. M.I.T.

Dissertation Title: Characteristics and Stability of Transmission Systems
Faculty: Stanford University
Highlights: Widely known (with William Shockley) as the father of Silicon Valley
Founding member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Fredrick's Adviser was:

Vannevar Bush

Ph.D. M.I.T. & Harvard

Dissertation Title: Oscillating-current Circuits: An Extension of the Theory of Generalized Angular Velocities, with Applications to the Coupled Circuit and the Artificial Transmission Line

Faculty: M.I.T.

Highlights: The first presidential science advisor (FDR), Primary organizer of the Manhattan Project, Proposed the Creation of the National Science Foundation.
Vannevar's Adviser was:

Arthur E. Kennelly

Self Taught!

Faculty: M.I.T. & Harvard

Highlights: Apprenticed in Thomas Edison's West Orange lab, Co-created the electric chair

Arthur's Mentor was:

Thomas Alva Edison

Arthur had no graduate advisor, but he is one of a few gifted men who has been considered as Thomas A. Edison's mentee. Arthur has been Edison's Ex-Aids and stated "The privilege which I had being with this great man for six years was the greatest inspiration of my life."
My search ends here. Edison was also for sure self-taught, he drop out of his school after a total of three months attendance!

My hobbies

I ride my bicycle every day.

In my free time, I study the architecture of random systems, and sometimes I get my hands dirty and reconstruct the architectures from low -level artifacts. As I don't have time to document them, I just store them in my head, thanks to a good memory.

My very first software programs are:

Animated LED Message Board.
Simulation of 32bit Pipelined RISC CPU.
Hot Standby Fault Failover for Horizontally and Vertically Distributed Databases.