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Dr. Michelle (Xiang) Liu
Assistant Professor of Information Technology
Contact Information

(703) 284-5937

Academic Credentials

B.E., Nankai University
M.S., Tianjin Polytechnic University
Ph.D., Boston University
Teaching Areas:
  • Information Technology applications
  • Database technology
  • Software engineering
Research Interests:
  • Business architecture strategies
  • Design architecture in software and business
  • System analysis and design
  • Technology innovation
  • IT in healthcare
Dr. Michelle Liu joined Marymount University as an assistant professor in 2008. Previously she was research assistant in the Boston University Institute for Leading in a Dynamic Economy (BUILDE) in Boston, MA. She received her doctoral degree in Information Systems from Boston University where her thesis topic was “Design Architecture, Developer Networks and Performance of Open Source Software Projects.” She also holds a master’s of Management degree in MIS from Tianjin Polytechnic University in China and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in International Trade of Textiles from Nankai University, China.

Dr. Liu’s research interests broadly center on the areas of design, enterprise architecture, and the uses and impacts of emerging technologies on social activities and behaviors. Her work appears in Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems and Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, among others. Currently, her research project is exploring how IT, such as mobile technology and collaborative technology, are used by health care providers, nurses, doctors, and patients and how it will impact and redefine the doctor-patient communication. Another current project focuses on understanding how Web 2.0 technologies impact academicians’ practices in terms of research and inquiry-based learning.

Dr. Liu is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and has been a reviewer for the Journal of Production and Operations Management and the Journal of Information Technology Case and Applications Research, among others.