Blue Flower

Award-winning educational researcher/leader and nationally recognized expert on higher education



“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”

            President Nelson Mandela, University of the Witwatersrand, July 16, 2003


As someone raised in modest circumstances as the first-born child of Chinese immigrants, I appreciate the opportunities I had to attend several of the world’s finest universities. Thanks to doing well on large-scale standardized tests, doors were opened to me that might have otherwise remained closed. I have dedicated my career work to doing what I can to ensure access to high-quality education for all students worldwide.

Recognized for scholarly and leadership excellence, as well as the ability to communicate effectively across a variety of audiences, I have served as a noted thought leader and ambassador with expertise in the areas of educational research, student assessment, and higher education.

I have accumulated a wealth of expertise through my roles as:

  • Head of Research, International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Director, Higher Education Research Group, Educational Testing Service (ETS).
  • Research Coordinator, Graduate Record Exams
  • Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, Rutgers University
  • Independent Research in the areas of

A noted researcher and presenter, I have authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and delivered more than 100 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. I earned two prominent awards - the Early Career Contribution Award, AERA Committee on Scholars of Color in Education (Presented at the AERA annual meeting, Montreal, April 21, 1999) and the AERA Division H (Research, Evaluation and Assessment in Schools) Outstanding Publication Award for Assessment and Accountability in Schools (Presented at the AERA annual meeting, Philadelphia, April 5, 2014).