K.J. Ray Liu IEEE VP Technical Activities University of Maryland IEEE Region: 2 Email Biography K.J. Ray Liu’s students aren’t just individuals pursuing graduate degrees in signal processing—they become his “extended family.” They can attest to how Liu’s passion for teaching and mentoring for their professional development goes beyond the classroom, beyond graduation. He is always there for them. Many have gone on to become leaders in academia and industry. Both a world-class researcher and excellent educator who pioneered and cross-pollinated various fields, Liu built the University of Maryland’s signal processing program practically from scratch beginning in 1990 and has shaped it into one of the most well-respected graduate programs in the world. He also revamped the university’s master’s program in telecommunications, creating a unique identity resulting in a scholarly and financially successful program. An IEEE Fellow, Liu is the Christine Kim Eminent Professor of Information Technology at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA.