As director of the Cornell China Center, Hua works to further craft and execute the university’s China strategy and provide academic and programmatic direction for the new center in Beijing.
She chairs the China Center Faculty Advisory Committee and works closely with the Cornell China Advisory Board. She also partners with staff in the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and the center’s executive director to coordinate and support college- and unit-level activity in the center, and administer research and other grants for China engagement.
Hua is an associate professor in the Department of Human Centered Design in the College of Human Ecology. She is a faculty fellow of Cornell’s David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures, a core faculty member of the Cornell East Asia Program of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, and co-director of Cornell’s International Workplace Studies Program.
At Cornell, she is a member of the graduate fields of design and environmental analysis and of real estate. She also is a member of China's Green Building Council.
Hua holds a PhD in building performance and diagnostics from Carnegie Mellon University and an MEng in building science and technology and a BArch, both from Zhejiang University, China.