Pan Retires After 20 Years at Georgia State

Posted On January 20, 2021
Categories Faculty News

Dr. Yi Pan has retired from the Department of Computer Science after 20 years as a Georgia State faculty member.

A native of Jiangsu, China, Dr. Pan earned B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees in computer engineering from Tsinghua University. He then came to the U.S., where he received a Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991.

Dr. Pan joined the Department of Computer Science at Georgia State University in 2000. He was promoted to full professor in 2004, named a Distinguished University Professor in 2013, and designated a Regents Professor (the highest recognition given to a faculty member by the University System of Georgia) in 2015. Upon his retirement, he was awarded the title of Regents Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Pan became department chair in 2005 and continued in that role until last fall, except for a three-year period during which he served as interim chair of the Department of Biology and interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. During his time as chair, the Department of Computer Science underwent enormous growth, with undergraduate enrollment increasing nearly five-fold and graduate enrollment more than doubling.

During his career, Dr. Pan amassed an impressive list of accomplishments. He published more than 450 papers, including over 250 journal papers, with more than 100 papers published in IEEE and ACM journals. In addition, he edited or authored 43 books.

Dr. Pan has served as an editor-in-chief or editorial board member for 20 journals, including seven IEEE Transactions. He currently serves as an associate editor-in-chief of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. He organized numerous international conferences and delivered keynote speeches at over 60 international conferences around the world.

Before he retired, Dr. Pan collected one final honor. Last fall, he was named winner of the IEEE Atlanta Section Outstanding Engineer Award for 2020.