- 1992 – BS – Jilin University
- 1995 – MS – Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Science.
- 2004 – PHD – Vanderbilt University
Grew up in Nenjiang, a small town of Northeast China and had his college education in Changchun. Worked in Shenyang for several years, where he met his wife and got married before coming to the states in 1998. He has a daughter who was born in Cookeville, Tennessee, and a dog named Dumbledore.
Research interest: software engineering in general with emphasis on software dependency, software reuse, software maintenance, and open-source development.