Yu Cai

Yu Cai


  • Professor and Associate Chair, Applied Computing
  • Program Director, BS in Computer Network and System Administration
  • Affiliated Professor, Computational Science and Engineering


Yu Cai is a professor of cybersecurity in the College of Computing at Michigan Tech. He is the coordinator of two undergraduate degree programs: B.S. in Cybersecurity and B.S. in Computer Network and System Administration (CNSA). 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 two on-campus student organizations: RedTeam and Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA).

Dr. Cai's areas of research include cybersecurity, computer network, and computing education. He is the lead PI of more than five million dollar external grants and his research activities are funded by the National Science Foundation(NSF), National Security Agency (NSA), State of Michigan, and other sources. Dr. Cai possesses a strong enthusiasm for utilizing his research and methodologies to create tangible and beneficial contributions to society. He was a consultant for several companies including IBM and Ford. Dr. Cai is an ABET program evaluator for computing accreditation.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cybersecurity
  • Computer Network
  • Computing Education