K.J. Ray Liu


K.J. Ray Liu
K.J. Ray Liu
Associated organizations
University of Maryland
Fields of study
Signal processing
IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award, IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing


K.J. Ray Liu, IEEE President, 2022, retired as the Distinguished University Professor and Christine Kim Eminent Professor of Information Technology of the University of Maryland, College Park. He was the 2019 IEEE Vice President for Technical Activities, a member of the IEEE Board of Directors as Division IX Director in 2016–2017, and the 2012–2013 President of IEEE Signal Processing Society.


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.