Recognized by IEEE Sensors Council for MEMS Research
By Sara Cody
Professor Xin Zhang (ME, MSE) is the recipient of the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award (advanced career) for her “distinguished contributions to the field of micro/nanoelectromechanical systems, addressing a wide range of important problems in advanced materials, biophotonics and energy.”
The award honors a member of the council who has made outstanding contributions to the field of sensors, evidenced by publications and patents. Zhang has published more than 130 journal articles and received recognition for excellence in research and education.
In the area of advanced materials, Zhang has applied MEMS techniques to develop metamaterials, arrays of engineered structures that act like artificial atoms and exhibit unusual properties such as negative refractive indices and cloaking. She has focused on creating metamaterials in the terahertz range (wavelengths between optical and microwave frequencies) that may ultimately be used for imaging, chemical detection, surveillance and high-speed electronic circuits.
In biomedicine, Zhang has developed a MEMS-based toolset that uses a unique sensing approach to analyze cellular behavior, yielding knowledge that could improve our understanding of cardiovascular, liver and other diseases and potentially lead to novel therapies. In the energy domain, Zhang has explored microfluidic applications in the mid-IR range, and developed micro gas chromatography and microfluidic communication systems designed to improve the efficiency and safety of oil and gas extraction.
The IEEE Sensors Council is an organization that fosters community among the engineers who work with sensors by providing publications, conferences and technical committees that serve as a platform to share knowledge among its members. Zhang will attend the award presentation at the IEEE SENSORS 2016 Conference in Orlando, Fla. in November.