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Xin Zhang, Ph.D.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
Distinguished Faculty Fellow, College of Engineering
Boston University (Tel: 617.358.2702, Email: xinz^bu.edu)

Biographical Background: Xin Zhang is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA. She received her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, in 1998. From 1998 to 2001, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher and then a Research Scientist with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Dr. Zhang has been on the Boston University Faculty since 2002, and is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Faculty CAREER Award in 2003. In 2007, she became an Invitee of National Academy of Engineering (recognized as one of the top engineers in the country between the ages of 30-45) and participated in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium; 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 2011, she was selected to be one of 60 engineers (30 from the EU and 30 from the US) and took part in the NAE's EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

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 (MNS)). Our research includes fundamental and applied aspects of MNS. 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.

Honors/Awards
2014: Boston University Nanoscience & Nanobiotechnology Award (Student: Erin Roberts; Advisor: Xin Zhang)
2013: Boston University Mechanical Engineering Best Dissertation Award (Student: Ping Du; Advisor: Xin Zhang)
2013: Poster Awards, International Workshop on Optical Terahertz Science and Technology
2013: Boston University Berman Future of Light Prize Award (Student: Xiaoning Wang; Advisor: Xin Zhang)
2013: Boston University Nanoscience & Nanobiotechnology Award (Student: Else Frohlich; Advisors: J.Charest/X.Zhang)
2013: Outstanding Paper Award, ASME Global Congress on Nano Engineering for Medicine and Biology
2012: Boston University Mechanical Engineering Best Dissertation Award (Student: Kebin Fan; Advisor: Xin Zhang)
2012: Boston University the President's Award (Student: Else Frohlich; Advisors: J.Charest/X.Zhang)
2012: Boston University College of Engineering Dean's Catalyst Award (with Chuanhua Duan and Xi Lin)
2012: Boston University Radiology Associates Faculty Career Development Award (with Stephan Anderson)
2011: E.U.-U.S. National Academy of Engineering Invitee (ages: 30-45)
2011: Best Poster Award, The Fifth International Conference on Surface Plasmon Photonics
2011: National Award for Outstanding Overseas Chinese Students (Student: Xiaoyu Zheng; Advisor: Xin Zhang)
2011: Boston University Engineering Best Dissertation Award (Student: Xiaoyu "Rayne" Zheng; Advisor: Xin Zhang)
2011: Ebner Graduate Thesis with the Greatest Commercial Potential (Student: Bradley Kaanta; Advisor: Xin Zhang)
2010: Best Poster Award, IEEE Sensors 2010
2010: National Award for Outstanding Overseas Chinese Students (Student: Hu Tao; Advisor: Xin Zhang)
2010: Boston University Engineering Best Dissertation Award (Student: Hu "Tiger" Tao; Advisor: Xin Zhang)
2009: Ebner Graduate Thesis with the Greatest Commericial Potential (Student: Benjamin Hansen; Advisor: Xin Zhang)
2009: Boston University College of Engineering Dean's Catalyst Award (with Stephan Anderson)
2009: Boston University Nanoscience & Nanobiotechnology Award (Student: Bradley Kaanta; Advisor: Xin Zhang)
2009: Boston University Berman Future of Light Prize Award (Student: Kebin Fan; Advisor: Xin Zhang)
2009: Inaugural Distinguished Faculty Fellow, College of Engineering, Boston University
2008: Third Prize, ASME Society-Wide Micro and Nanotechnology Poster Forum
2008: Boston University Nanoscience & Nanobiotechnology Award (Student: Xiaoyu "Rayne" Zheng; Advisor: Xin Zhang)
2008: Boston University Technology Development Award (Student: Bradley Kaanta; Advisor: Xin Zhang)
2008: Boston University the Provost's Award (Student: Hu "Tiger" Tao; Advisor: Xin Zhang)
2007: National Academy of Engineering Invitee (ages: 30-45)
2007: Boston University the President's Award (Student: Xiaoyu "Rayne" Zheng; Advisor: Xin Zhang)
2006: Boston University Nanoscience & Nanobiotechnology Award (Student: Yiling Qiu; Advisor: Xin Zhang)
2004: Technology Development Award, Boston University
2003: National Science Foundation Faculty CAREER Award
2002: Boston University SPRInG Award

LMST group photo (picture taken after Weekly Group Meeting on October 17, 2014)

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