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EECS Professor Becomes United States Citizen

Congratulations are in order for one of the newest citizens of the United States, who also happens to be a professor here in EECS: Dr. Jayne Wu!  She became a naturalized citizen in February 2018.

Associate Professor Dr. Jayne Wu was born in Hefei, China, and lived in that same city until she went to Shanghai to pursue a Ph.D. in semiconductor devices, at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).  In 1999, she received her degree from CAS and left Shanghai for South Bend, Indiana.  She was offered a scholarship to study for a Ph.D. in the area of MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems) at the University of Notre Dame.  Dr. Wu graduated in 2003 and then set her sights on becoming a faculty member at a research university. After doing a one-year postdoc, she joined what, at the time, was the ECE department at the University of Tennessee.

“I became a US citizen this February. This is a natural choice for me.  I feel comfortable here. I have been in the US for 19 years.  The last two steps of naturalization process include an interview in Memphis and an oath ceremony in Chattanooga. The latter took place this past February.  I drove there myself.  Honestly, I don’t feel different before and after the process.  People treat me the same. May I attribute that to very tolerant culture of America?”  Congratulations, Dr. Wu!

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