Dr. Yu Cai is a professor at the College of Computing, Michigan Technological University. His current research interests include cyber security, computer network, and computing education. He is particularly interested in applying his research and techniques to real-life applications. He has been a consultant to many companies including IBM and Ford.
Dr. Cai's professional goal is to excel in teaching and research as a faculty member. Dr. Cai is dedicated to a career in applied computing research, and he equally defines himself as a teacher and an educator. His research and teaching activities are partially funded by National Science Foundation(NSF), National Security Agency (NSA), and other sources. Dr. Cai is an IEEE senior member, ACM member, ASEE member, and ABET evaluator.
Dr. Cai was nominated twice as a finalist for the annual Distinguished Teaching Awards at Michigan Tech in 2016 and 2017. He was also among the top 10% of instructors across the university in 2016 and 2017.
Dr. Yu Cai has been actively involved in the computing curriculum development process. Dr. Cai has led cybersecurity curriculum innovation to transform a traditional IT curriculum to a cybersecurity-focused curriculum.
Dr. Cai advised over 20 graduate students and over 70 undergraduate students on different research projects and senior design projects at Michigan Tech.
Dr. Cai has extensive industry experience as IT consultant and system architect. Clients include IBM and Ford. He has the following industrial certifications: Sun Certified Java Developer; Microsoft Certified Trainer; Microsoft Certified Solution Developer; Microsoft Certified Database Administrator; and Microsoft Certified System Engineer.
Dr. Cai’s research interests are in the areas of cybersecurity, green computing, and computing education. He published over 50 conference and journal papers. Dr. Cai secured over $1.2 million in grant funding as the lead PI from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Security Agency (NSA), and other funding sources.
Dr. Cai was the recipient of Michigan Tech Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) Annual Achievement Award in 2018. Dr. Cai and his team were recognized as featured cybersecurity curriculum authors as part of the NSA National Cybersecurity Curriculum Program (NCCP) initiative. He was also recognized by Michigan Tech for his research contributions in the category of "Top Research Expenditure" in 2019.
Dr. Yu Cai is the PI of two National Security Agency (NSA) cybersecurity curriculum development grants. The goal of these NSA projects is to develop a 4-year IT curriculum with a strong emphasis on cybersecurity. Dr. Cai has worked on several other research projects in cybersecurity and cloud computing including: Mobile Agent-based Network Defense System in Enterprise Network; Dynamic Virtual Machine Placement for Cloud Computing Environments.
Green computing is the study and practice of supporting critical computing needs by using computing resources in a sustainable, energy-efficient, and eco-friendly manner. Dr. Cai advocates a holistic, balanced, life-cycle management approach by considering principles such as economic viability, social responsibility, and environmental impact as a whole when designing, implementing and managing computing systems.
Dr. Cai has collaborated with his colleagues in other disciplines and worked on multidisciplinary research projects including Medical Informatics and Computation Finance.
Teaching and interaction with students have always been Dr. Cai's passion and a source of inspiration for his research. Dr. Cai has worked on sustainability integration and green computing education projects. Dr. Cai developed and evaluated an educational model to incorporate sustainability into the undergraduate computing curriculum. Dr. Cai is the PI of two NSA GenCyber grants to promote cybersecurity in K-12 teachers and students. Dr. Cai and his colleagues work together to give talks and develop lesson plans for K-12 teachers and students.
Professor Yu Cai
Rekhi Hall 110
College of Computing
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
cai AT mtu.edu
Phone: (906) 487-1471