Yu Cai

Yu Cai


  • Professor, Department of Applied Computing
  • Associate Chair, Department of Applied Computing
  • Affiliated Professor, Computational Science and Engineering


Yu Cai is a professor in the College of Computing at Michigan Tech. He is the program coordinator of the Computer Network and System Administration (CNSA) B.S. Degree and the Cybersecurity B.S. degree at the College of Computing. Dr. Cai serves as the Director of the Computing Education Center at Michigan Tech's Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC). He is the faculty advisor of the RedTeam which is an on-campus student organization focused on cybersecurity. He is also the faculty advisor of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA).

Dr. Cai's areas of research interest include cybersecurity and computing  education. His research and teaching activities are partially funded by the National Science Foundation(NSF), National Security Agency (NSA), State of Michigan, and other sources. Dr. Cai is the lead PI of over $5 million external grants including CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) and GenCyber. Dr. Cai is particularly interested in applying his research and techniques to real-life applications that make positive impacts on society. He was a consultant for many companies including IBM and Ford. Dr. Cai is an ABET program evaluator for computing accreditation.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cybersecurity
  • Computer Network
  • Computing Education