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Interdependability, Reconfigurability, Sustainability

CIResilience Research is the research program established in 2010 when Prof. Chee-Wooi Ten joined Michigan Tech as a tenure-track assistant professor. As a junior young faculty on tenure track, the journey has been incredibly stressful but productive. 

CIResilience 1.0: "Publish or perish!"

The academic business has been always about creating new knowledge of discovery from research. The cycle would be to publish with the graduate students and collaborators, put that credentials on the proposal for more grants. It appears this is the required process for a vibrant research program most R1 institutions around the country does. Many did not know the typical routine for an academic researcher. It is about publication!

Being part of the higher education, the tenure-track/tenured faculty members take full control of the instruction how it will help our undergraduate and graduate students to learn the critical subjects of the disciplinary work with mathematical models, especially Ohm’s law has been in the blood of an electrical engineer. On each phase of professorship rank, we realize the importance for academic researcher. Many “low-hanging fruits” are the sponsors of the cooperation or organization would never demand scholarly publication because what they want is different. They could do the professors a disservice because in tenure and promotion for each stage, it is all about graduating PhD students and if the professor has coached the graduate students to publish before they graduate.

CIResilience 2.0: "Impacts (internationally)"

Interestingly, many tenured faculty would perceive being tenured as the ultimate goal of their academic career. We learned so much and have a very different view about this. We see academic career would be how to advance knowledge by working collaboratively with other researchers. He teamed up with a wide ranging experts around the country for collaborative proposals. US National Science Foundation (NSF) has been cultivating the collaborative efforts to bridge the gaps and allows broader and far-reaching impacts. From associate professorship to full rank, the “international” vaguely communicates the significance of promotion. We realize teaming up with an alliance would play well internationally. This includes editorial service and willing to reach out for other professional society to promote interdisciplinary research.  We promote actuarial framework, in power engineering and cybersecurity; edit/write undergraduate and graduate-level textbooks. He also brought in PSERC, one of the I/UCRC that nexuses Michigan Tech with other R1 institutions. These efforts would impact academic curriculum in a long haul.

CIResilience 3.0: "Research should not be a biproduct of teaching"

This is the inconvenient truth to many non-tenure teaching professors. Yes, teaching is the biproduct, not the other way around! Many scholarly publications, including the textbooks, have been the fundamental knowledge of classroom instruction. The textbook industry also struggles with updating the new contents while the revenue does not contribute for a justification to make a new edition. What would suffer next is the non tenure-track faculty who has been teaching somewhat obselute contents to the students. 

CIResilience 4.0: "Renewed missions"

With the aforementioned realization and insights throughout the past years, this research program boldly aims to establish cross-disciplinary research with other fields that will promote more funding opportunities. The ecosystem of constant push on scholarly top-notched publications will result in stronger visibility of proposals to be funded. Such funding opportunities would allow this program to emerge, and hopefully, commercialize the ideas and make the theoretical innovation into reality that can be used by many of industry members.