Eller Professor Wins Prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Yong Ge

Tucson (April 1, 2019) – Yong Ge, assistant professor of management information systems in the University of Arizona Eller College of Management, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award. Ge is the first researcher from the Eller College to win a CAREER award. 

The CAREER program is a foundation-wide activity that offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

Ge’s proposal is to develop advanced machine learning and data analytics methods to address and bridge the talent gap, a mismatch between the workers that employers need and the workforces that labor markets provide. This is an especially critical issue for STEM-related labor markets and minority groups.  

The project focuses on three major tasks: collecting and modeling career, education and job data with machine learning methods, measuring and interpreting the latent gap and developing recommendation solutions to bridge the gap. 

“Eller faculty, staff and students are proud of Yong for receiving this prestigious award from the NSF—the first award of its kind for the Eller College,” says Sue Brown, APS professor of MIS and department of MIS head. “His research will address next generation issues that are very important on the UA campus and for the fourth industrial revolution.” 

The award offers $500,000 over the period of five years. The NSF awards approximately 450 standard grants or continuing grants to early-career scientists and engineers who they believe will build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.