Lijian Yang received B.S. in Mathematics from Peking University (1987), Ph.D. in Statistics from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1995). He did postdoc work at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (1997), and worked as Assistant Professor (1997-2001), Tenured Associate Professor (2001-06), Tenured Full Professor (2006-14), Graduate Director (2007-10) at Michigan State University. During 2011-16, he was Specially-Appointed Professor at Soochow University in China, where he established and directed the Center for Advanced Statistics and Econometrics Research. From 2016, he is Tenured Full Professor at Tsinghua University.
Lijian Yang has published over 60 SCI/SSCI articles, on dimension reduction, time series, functional data, econometrics, food science, agronomy, genetics, etc. He was elected Member of International Statistical Institute, Fellow of American Statistical Association, Fellow of Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and was the 2nd American scientist, the 1st Chinese to have won the Tjalling C. Koopmans Econometric Theory Prize from Yale Universiy Press. He has invented the oracally efficient SBK (spline-backfitted kernel) method for additive models and the SK (spline-kernel) method for variance function. His works on simultaneous confidence region (SCR) remain the only theoretically justified methods for: sparse functional data, covariance of functional data, time series error distribution, generalized additive model, finite population distribution, single index link, and variance function.
Lijian Yang has graduated 9 Ph.D. students, 7 in the United States, 2 in China, with 13 additional Ph.D. descendants. The government of China selected him as Overseas Leading Creative Talent (1000 Talent), State Specially-Recruited Expert. While he was Jiangsu Specially-Appointed Professor, Jiangsu Leading Creative Talent, and led Jiangsu Key Discipline (Statistics), the Statistics program of Soochow University ranked 6-th in China (86-th in the world) by number of publications in top journals (Annals of Statistics, Biometrika, JASA, JRSSB) during 2012-15.