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Dr. Liugen Zhu received his Ph.D. degree in 2001 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since then, he has dedicated his career in undergraduate education and research. He has taught courses in computer programming, relational database design, and Web development. He is currently a lecturer of Informatics at the School of Informatics and Computing, IUPUI. Zhu is a big believer of active learning. Over the years, he has used various active learning methods in his courses to engage students and promote student participation. Zhu has given presentations at local, regional, and international conferences focused on Scholarship of Teaching and Student Learning. He has been recently selected as an IU Mosaic Faculty Fellow. In this role, he focuses on using advanced learning technologies to implement team-based, collaborative learning to engage students. In 2015, Zhu received Indiana University Trustees' Teaching Award, which recognizes his positive impact on learning through the direct teaching of students and a sustained level of teaching excellence. Zhu is a Co-PI of a $4 million NSF grant titled "Empowering Informatics Diversity Enhance Workforce". This STEM project seeks to increase the quality and quantity of information technology professionals, especially economically disadvantaged, academically talented underrepresented minorities. The project generates new knowledge on applying tailored curriculum and co-curriculum activities that enhance student recruitment, retention, achievement, persistence to graduation and job placement.