Xinghui Zhao has been named director of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at WSU Vancouver.

She is an associate professor of computer science and has been on faculty since 2012. Zhao’s research focuses on the broad areas of parallel and distributed systems, energy-efficient computing, machine learning and big data computing. Her research has won best paper awards at multiple international conferences, and she has provided service to professional societies, such as IEEE and ACM.

Zhao has advised numerous students in the conduct of research. She has also participated in various committees in engineering and computer science at the campus and system levels. Zhao succeeds Hakan Gurocak as director. Gurocak will now serve as director of professional and corporate education in the Office of Academic Affairs at WSU Vancouver.