>> Zhang Lab: Overview

Xin Zhang, Ph.D.
 Professor of Mechanical Engineering
 Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
 Fellow of ASME, Fellow of AIMBE, Fellow of 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 is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering at Boston University, Boston, MA. She is also a faculty member affiliated with the Boston University Photonics Center, the Boston University Nanotechnology Innovation Center, and the Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation at Boston University. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the 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. She has served as Associate Chair for Graduate Programs in Mechanical Engineering, and is now Associate Director of Technology for the Boston University Nanotechnology Innovation Center and Director of the NSF REU Site in Integrated Nanomanufacturing at Boston University. Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of three scientific societies: ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers), AIMBE (The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering), and OSA (The Optical Society). She has published 130 papers in interdisciplinary journals. In addition, among the 14 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. 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.

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.

Selected Honors/Awards/Special Recognitions
2016: Schlumberger-Doll Research/Boston University Innovation Fellowship Award
2016: Boston University Dean's Catalyst Award (with Stephan Anderson)
2016: Research work became Cover of Advanced Materials (Vol. 28, February 2016)
2016: Boston University Materials Science Innovation Grant Award
2016: Boston University Nanoscience Pilot Grant Award
2015: Elected to Fellow of AIMBE (The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering)
2015: Research work became Cover of Applied Physics Letters (Vol. 107, December 2015)
2015: Elected to Fellow of OSA (The Optical Society)
2015: Research work became Cover of Extreme Mechanics Letters (Vol. 4, September 2015)
2015: Boston Biomedical Innovation Center Pilot Grant Award
2015: Schlumberger-Doll Research/Boston University Innovation Fellowship Award
2015: Elected to Fellow of ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
2015: Boston University Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Award (Student/Advisor: Xiaoguang Zhao/Xin Zhang)
2014: Boston University Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Award (Student/Advisor: Erin Roberts/Xin Zhang)
2013: Boston University Mechanical Engineering Best Dissertation Award (Student/Advisor: Ping Du/Xin Zhang)
2013: Best Poster Award, International Workshop on Optical Terahertz Science and Technology
2013: Boston University Berman Future of Light Prize Award (Student/Advisor: Xiaoning Wang/Xin Zhang)
2013: Boston University Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Award (Student/Advisor: Else Frohlich/Joe Charest/Xin Zhang)
2013: Research work is chosen to be displayed on the front page of Physical Review B (April 2013)
2013: Outstanding Paper Award, ASME Global Congress on Nano Engineering for Medicine and Biology
2012: Research work published in Nature and highlighted by ars technica and Science Daily
2012: Boston University Dean's Catalyst Award (with Chuanhua Duan)
2012: Boston University Mechanical Engineering Best Dissertation Award (Student/Advisor: Kebin Fan/Xin Zhang)
2012: Research work became Cover of Journal of Micromechanics & Microengineering (Vol. 22, April 2012)
2012: Boston University the President's Award (Student/Advisor: Else Frohlich/Joe Charest/Xin Zhang)
2011: Research work highlighted by Science (Vol 334, 18 November 2011)
2011: E.U.-U.S. National Academy of Engineering Invitee (ages: 30-45)
2011: Best Poster Award, International Conference on Surface Plasmon Photonics
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)
2011: Research work became 2010 Highlights of Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics
2010: Best Poster Award, IEEE Sensors 2010
2010: Research work became inside front Cover of Advanced Materials (Vol 22, August 2010)
2010: Boston University Engineering Best Dissertation Award (Student/Advisor: Hu Tao/Xin Zhang)
2009: Boston University Dean's Catalyst Award (with Stephan Anderson)
2009: Ebner Graduate Thesis with the Greatest Commericial Potential (Student/Advisor: Ben Hansen/Xin Zhang)
2009: Boston University Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Award (Student/Advisor: Bradley Kaanta/Xin Zhang)
2009: Boston University Berman Future of Light Prize Award (Student/Advisor: Kebin Fan/Xin Zhang)
2009: Research work highlighted by MRS Bulletin (Vol 34, January 2009)
2009: Research work became 2008 Highlights of Journal of Micromechanics & Microengineering
2009: Research work became 2008 Highlights of Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics
2009: Inaugural Distinguished Faculty Fellow, College of Engineering, Boston University
2008: Research work highlighted by Nature (Vol 456, 6 November 2008)
2008: Third Prize, ASME Society-Wide Micro and Nanotechnology Poster Forum
2008: Research work highlighted by Nature (Vol 453, 12 June 2008)
2008: Research work highlighted by Science (Vol 320, 6 June 2008)
2008: Boston University Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Award (Student/Advisor: Xiaoyu Zheng/Xin Zhang)
2008: Boston University the Provost's Award (Student/Advisor: Hu Tao/Xin Zhang)
2008: Boston University Technology Development Award
2007: National Academy of Engineering Invitee (ages: 30-45)
2007: Boston University the President's Award (Student/Advisor: Xiaoyu Zheng/Xin Zhang)
2006: Boston University Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Award (Student/Advisor: Yiling Qiu/Xin Zhang)
2004: Boston University Technology Development Award
2003: National Science Foundation Faculty CAREER Award
2002: Boston University SPRInG Award

LMST group photo (picture taken after Weekly Group Meeting, November 2015)

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