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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), Hong Kong, in 1998. She was a Postdoctoral Researcher and then a Research Scientist with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), from 1998 to 2001. 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 became both US and EU-US National Academy of Engineering Invitee (ages: 30-45). In 2009, she was named the inaugural Distinguished Faculty Fellow, an honor given to tenured College of 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 in the area of Sensors (advanced career) for distinguished contributions to micro/nanoelectromechanical systems. Dr. Zhang is an Elected Fellow of AAAS, AIMBE, ASME, IEEE, and OSA. She has published 140 papers in interdisciplinary journals. In addition, among the 15 Ph.D. graduated from her lab at Boston University, three have received tenure-track faculty positions at major research universities (Ohio State, UT-Austin, and Virginia Tech), and the rest in national labs and industry (e.g., GE, Draper Lab, and Analog Devices). Dr. Zhang has served as Associate Chair for Graduate Programs in Boston University Mechanical Engineering (2008-2011), and is now Associate Director of the Boston University Nanotechnology Innovation Center and Director of both the NSF REU and the NSF 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 area 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 micro/nano scale 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:
2016: Elected AAAS Fellow (The American Association for the Advancement of Science)
2016: Elected IEEE Fellow (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
2016: Elected AIAA Associate Fellow (The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics)
2016: IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award in the area of Sensors (advanced career)
2015: Elected AIMBE Fellow (The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering)
2015: Elected OSA Fellow (The Optical Society)
2015: Elected ASME Fellow (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)
2003: National Science Foundation Faculty CAREER Award

Selected Honors/Awards/Special Recognitions at Boston University:
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:
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:
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 (picture taken after Weekly Group Meeting on September 8, 2017):

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