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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 has been on the BU Faculty since 2002, and is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Faculty CAREER Award in 2003. She has received numerous awards for research and education excellence and was both a U.S. and E.U.-U.S. National Academy of Engineering Invitee (ages: 30-45). 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 micro/nanoelectromechanical systems. In 2018, she was selected as the recipient of the Charles DeLisi Award and Distinguished Lecture, an honor recognizing College of Engineering 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.”

Dr. Zhang is an Elected Fellow of AAAS, AIMBE, ASME, IEEE, and OSA, and Associate Fellow of AIAA. She has published 150 papers in interdisciplinary journals. In addition, among the Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers from her lab at Boston University, several have received tenure-track faculty positions at major research universities (Ohio State, UT-Austin, Virginia Tech), and the rest are established in national labs (Draper, LLNL, MIT Lincoln) and industry (Agilent, Analog Devices, Apple, Aramco, GE, Merck, etc). Dr. Zhang served as associate chair for mechanical engineering graduate programs at Boston University from 2008 to 2011, and is now associate director of the Boston University Nanotechnology Innovation Center and 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.

Group Background: Laboratory for Microsystems Technology (LMST), directed by Dr. Zhang, was founded in 2002 as a college-wide, student-centered, interdisciplinary research and education program in the broad areas of micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS or micro/nanosystems). Our research includes fundamental and applied aspects of micro/nanosystems. Specifically, we seek to understand and exploit interesting characteristics of physics, materials, mechanics, and manufacturing technologies with forward-looking engineering efforts and practical applications ranging from energy to health care to homeland security.

Major Honors/Awards/Special Recognitions:
2018: Boston University Innovator of the Year
2018: Charles DeLisi Award and Distinguished Lecture, Boston University
2017: Fellow of IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
2017: Associate Fellow of AIAA (The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics)
2016: Fellow of AAAS (The American Association for the Advancement of Science)
2016: IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award (Advanced Career)
2016: Fellow of AIMBE (The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering)
2016: Fellow of OSA (The Optical Society)
2015: Fellow of ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
2011: E.U.-U.S. National Academy of Engineering Invitee (ages: 30-45)
2009: Inaugural Distinguished Faculty Fellow, College of Engineering, Boston University
2007: National Academy of Engineering Invitee (ages: 30-45)

Selected Honors/Awards/Special Recognitions at Boston University:
2018: BUnano Pilot Grant Award
2018: Boston University Ignition Award
2016: Boston University Dean's Catalyst Award
2015: Schlumberger-Doll Research Fellowship Award
2015: Boston University Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Award (with student Xiaoguang Zhao)
2014: Boston University Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Award (with student Erin Roberts)
2013: Boston University Berman Future of Light Prize Award
2013: Boston University Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Award (with student Else Frohlich)
2012: Boston University Dean's Catalyst Award
2012: Boston University the President's Award (with student Else Frohlich)
2009: Boston University Dean's Catalyst Award
2009: Boston University Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Award (with student Bradley Kaanta)
2009: Boston University Berman Future of Light Prize Award
2008: Boston University Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Award (with student Xiaoyu Zheng)
2008: Boston University the Provost's Award (with student Hu Tao)
2008: Boston University Technology Development Award
2007: Boston University the President's Award (with student Xiaoyu Zheng)
2006: Boston University Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Award (with student Yiling Qiu)
2004: Boston University Technology Development Award
2002: Boston University SPRInG Award

Selected Journal Cover Images:
Silicon dioxide nanowires on diatom frustules, Small, Vol. 14, No. 47, November 22, 2018
Electromechanically Tunable Metasurface Transmission Waveplate, Optica, Vol. 5, Issue 3, 2018
Voltage-tunable terahertz metamaterials, Microsystems & Nanoengineering – Nature, Vol. 2, Issues 3-4, 2016
Tunable meta-liquid crystals, Advanced Materials, Vol. 28, No. 8, February 2016
Terahertz field electron emission, Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 107, No. 23, December 2015
Micro- and nano-lithography aided by unicellular algae, Extreme Mechanics Letters, Vol. 4, September 2015
3D magnetic terahertz metamaterials, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Vol. 22, No. 4, April 2012
Metamaterial silk composites, Advanced Materials, Vol. 22, No. 32, August 2010

Selected Research Highlights:
Reconfigurable metasurfaces, Science, Vol. 360, 20 April 2018
Metamaterials to see in THz, Science, Vol. 334, 18 November 2011
Metamaterial Persian carpets, Nature, Vol. 456, 6 November 2008
Plana wallpaper-group metamaterials display multiple terahertz resonances, MRS Bulletin, Vol. 34, 18 January 2009
Near-perfect ‘black’, Nature, Vol. 453, 12 June 2008
Filling the THz gap, Science, Vol. 320, 6 June 2008

Selected Best Paper/Best Poster Awards (as Corresponding Author):
2013: International Workshop on Optical Terahertz Science and Technology
2013: ASME Global Congress on Nano Engineering for Medicine and Biology
2011: International Conference on Surface Plasmon Photonics
2010: IEEE Sensors 2010
2008: ASME Society-Wide Micro and Nanotechnology Poster Forum

Best Dissertation/Best Thesis Awards (as Major Research Advisor):
2013: Boston University Mechanical Engineering Best Dissertation Award (Student/Advisor: Ping Du/Xin Zhang)
2012: Boston University Mechanical Engineering Best Dissertation Award (Student/Advisor: Kebin Fan/Xin Zhang)
2011: Boston University Engineering Best Dissertation Award (Student/Advisor: Xiaoyu Zheng/Xin Zhang)
2011: Ebner Graduate Thesis with the Greatest Commercial Potential (Student/Advisor: Bradley Kaanta/Xin Zhang)
2010: Boston University Engineering Best Dissertation Award (Student/Advisor: Hu Tao/Xin Zhang)
2009: Ebner Graduate Thesis with the Greatest Commericial Potential (Student/Advisor: Ben Hansen/Xin Zhang)

LMST Group Photo (Summer 2018):

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