Staff

Charles Xie, Ph.D.

Charles is the founder of IFI. He was unanimously elected by the Board of Directors on August 26, 2020 as the inaugural President and CEO of IFI, responsible for raising funds, developing technology, and building partnerships. He also serves as the Chief Scientist. An award-winning scientist, he has over 25 years of experience in STEM research and education in America and Europe. On the research avenue, he has authored or co-authored 52 peer-reviewed journal papers. He is currently working on evolutionary computation algorithms that can be used to create artificially intelligent design tutors embedded in CAD+CAE software. On the development avenue, he is the creator of Aladdin, Energy2D, iFlow, Infrared Explorer, and Quantum Explorer, and a co-developer of Infrared Street View and Telelab. These innovative products have benefited countless users from around the world. His work has also generated broad impacts beyond education. For instance, Energy2D, an interactive multiphysics tool that simulates heat and mass transfer in complex systems based on numerically solving coupled Navier-Stokes Equation, Heat Equation, Radiation Equation, and Newton's Equation of Motion, has been used in 70 research papers by other scientists and engineers as a simulation tool. More information about him can be found on his Github page.

Shannon H. Sung, Ph.D.

Shannon is a Learning Scientist and Director of Assessment and Evaluation at IFI. She holds a Master Degree on middle school math and science education from Wesleyan College and a Ph.D. degree in science education from the University of Georgia. Before joining IFI, she was a former professor at Spelman College. While at Spelman, she served as the PI or Co-PI of two NSF-funded projects and worked on an HMMI project for promoting interdisciplinary learning of science. She has published ten peer-reviewed papers.

Xudong Huang, Ph.D.

Xudong is a Learning Scientist at IFI. She received a B.S. degree in psychology from Central China Normal University in 2007, a M.S. degree in psychology from the University of Memphis in 2013, and a Ph.D. degree in experimental psychology from the University of Memphis in 2016. From 2018 to 2020, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Concord Consortium. She is an author or co-author of five journal articles and nine conference proceedings. Her research interests include technology-enhanced learning in science and engineering and learning analytics for educational research.

Rundong Jiang

Rundong is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, responsible for curriculum development and deployment to support IFI's missions. He has previously worked as an instructional designer in the field of machine learning. He graduated with a Master of Arts degree from the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree in materials science and engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Rustin Sunny

Rustin is an Application Engineer at IFI. He completed his Master's Degree in engineering management from Northeastern University. He has worked in the field of Business Intelligence and Application Development previously to pursue his Master's Degree. Rustin also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from N.M.A.M. Institute of Technology. He interests include user interface, user experience, and marketing.

Student Interns

Xiaotong Ding

Xiaotong is a software programmer intern at IFI. He is currently a graduate student in computer science at New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Insisutite of Technology. He has experience in web development, robotics, and Arduino.

Guest Researchers

Sanjay Kaul, Ph.D.

Prof. Kaul is a guest researcher on building intelligence and renewable energy. He has degrees in Energy Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology and Energy Management & Policy from University of Pennsylvania. His area of interests include renewable energy systems, sustainable development, energy management, and distance learning. He is currently a Professor and Chair in the Department of Engineering Technology, and coordinator of the Energy Program and the principal architect of the curriculum in Energy Engineering Technology program at Fitchburg State University. For that program, he developed a series of courses dealing with energy Systems, energy resources and the environment, energy conservation, power and lighting, co-generation, and waste recovery systems. His focus is on crucial issues in renewable energy and global energy decisions and recently as Fulbright senior specialist, he developed a program on renewable and sustainable development for European Union. Sanjay has authored several books on energy technology and policy. He is very actively involved in Lecturing on recent energy issues, especially in the developing world. He has recently participated in many discussion forums and presented various lectures in China, India, Japan, Germany, and Nepal. He has many energy-related articles appeared in The Eagle Tribune and Telegram & Gazette.

Wanli Xing, Ph.D.

Dr. Wanli Xing is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Florida. His research focuses on how emerging technologies can deeply transform STEM education and online learning. He creates learning environments using cutting-edge technologies, such as computer simulations and modeling, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality to support learning in diverse classrooms and online environments. He also designs and applies data mining and machine learning to understand, assess, and optimize the learning process and the environments in which it occurs. His research projects have generated over 40 top tier journal publications and produced new theories, principles, and methods on how to design effective educational technology that teaches the knowledge and skills for the future STEM workforce.