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Xin Zhang, Ph.D.
 Professor of Mechanical Engineering
 Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
 Professor of Biomedical Engineering
 Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
 Fellow of AAAS, AIMBE, ASME, IEEE, and OSA
 Distinguished Faculty Fellow, College of Engineering
 Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
 Tel: 617.358.2702; Email: xinz^bu.edu
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Biographical Background: Xin Zhang received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). She was a Postdoctoral Researcher and then a Research Scientist with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She then joined Boston University (BU) as a Faculty Member, where she is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and the Photonics Center.

Dr. Zhang's research interests include microelectromechanical systems and metamaterials. She has published 160 papers in interdisciplinary journals, become both US and EU-US National Academy of Engineering Invitee (ages: 30-45), and is an Elected Fellow of AAAS, AIMBE, ASME, IEEE, and OSA, and Associate Fellow of AIAA.

  • In 2009, she was named the inaugural Distinguished Faculty Fellow, an honor given to tenured engineering faculty at Boston University who is on a clear trajectory toward exemplary leadership career in all dimensions of science and engineering.
  • In 2016, she was selected as the recipient of the IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award (advanced career) for distinguished contributions to sensors and sensing technologies.
  • In 2018, she was selected as the recipient of the Charles DeLisi Award and Distinguished Lecture, an honor recognizing faculty at Boston University who has made outstanding contributions to engineering and society.
  • Dr. Zhang's translational research has also earned her 2018 Innovator of the Year award, bestowed annually by Boston University on a faculty member who “translates his/her world-class research into inventions and innovations that benefit humankind.”
  • In 2019, Dr. Zhang and her team have developed acoustic metamaterials that enable high-performance sound silencing and magnetic metamaterials that boost MRI signal-to-noise ratio. Both breakthroughs have drawn significant attention from the scientific community and the industry and the story has been picked up by 200+ media outlets.

Dr. Zhang served as chair for mechanical engineering graduate programs, and is now associate director of the Boston University Nanotechnology Innovation Center.

  • Among the graduate students/postdoctoral fellows from her lab, several have received tenure-track faculty positions at major research universities (Ohio State, UT-Austin, Virginia Tech, UCLA), and the rest are established in national labs (Draper, Fermi, LLNL, MIT Lincoln), large hospitals (BMC, BWH, MGH), and industries (Agilent, Apple, Aramco, Analog Devices, ...).
  • Since 2015, Dr. Zhang has served as director of both the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and the NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Sites in Integrated Nanomanufacturing at Boston University.

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