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Director of Research and Development, Luke Liu, is an original Stratifyd team member who joined the startup world after spending more than ten years advancing his education. Since joining the team, Liu has used his extensive knowledge of engineering and computer science to help design machine learning models for the Stratifyd platform.
Liu was born in the southern region of China, where he was raised and attended college. After earning his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and a master's in electrical engineering from Southeast University, Liu ventured to the U.S. to acquire his Ph.D.
“I felt excited, but also nervous about leaving home,” Liu said. “When I arrived at the airport, I was so nervous that I went to the wrong gate, almost missing the flight.”
His interest in computer science and technology arose while working towards his Ph. D. Feeling as if he spent too much time in academia, Liu refocused his studies towards the industrial aspect of computer science.
“I knew a lot about different academic topics, but I was ready for something new,” Liu said. “Computer science gave me the opportunity to propel into the real world.”
Upon graduation, Liu was referred to an up-and-coming tech startup through a mutual friend of Stratifyd CEO, Derek Wang.
“I was immediately interested in the work they were doing,” Liu said. “It was a new challenge for me, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.”
As Director of Research and Development, he’s responsible for designing data mining and machine learning models for the Stratifyd platform. Liu also leads the research team in creating prototypes and delivering models to the production line.
When he’s not working, Liu is passionate about staying active through swimming laps at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center or running around his neighborhood.
“Exercising and being active is equally important for both physical and mental health,” Liu said. “I take my workouts seriously, as they often help get rid of any stress or anxiety I may be experiencing.”
He also spends a lot of time reading academic journals and conference proceedings pertaining to computer science and machine learning in order to learn about new, cutting edge technologies that emerge.
Q&A with Luke Liu
Q: What’s your favorite thing about living in Charlotte?
A: The city as a whole is very peaceful and friendly.
Q: What sparked your interest in Stratifyd?
A: I was really excited to do something that was challenging, interesting, and important to the future of technology.
Q: What is your favorite brand to follow on social media and why?
A: Tesla. Their tech is awesome and different, just like ours 😊.
Q: What is on your travel bucket list?
A: Alaska, the Glacial National Park in Montana, and Turkey.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A: Listen to your heart, listen to your stomach.
Q: What's one thing you can't live without?
A: Working out.
Q: What's the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
A: Going to school for my Ph. D.
Q: What’s your spirit animal and why (this can also be a person/role model)?
A: Leonardo da Vinci. He’s done a lot of things that have advanced society in many different ways.
Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: A superpower that could get me more superpowers 😊!
Q: One cause that you’re passionate about?
A: I’m passionate about continuing to learn about different findings and models from a research perspective. I often use research papers and opensource projects as a source of inspiration. I take what I learn and apply it to projects that we’re working on at Stratifyd.
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