Professor (ME, ECE, MSE)
- Education Ph.D., Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
- Additional Affiliations Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Areas of Interest Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), Metamaterials, Sensors, Photonics, Nanomanufacturing
- Research Areas Dr. Zhang’s research is focused on micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS or micro/nanosystems), from their fundamental materials and mechanics aspects through to their application to real world applications. 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 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 the field of micro/nanoelectromechanical systems. Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of AAAS (The American Association for the Advancement of Science), AIMBE (The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering), ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers), IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), and OSA (The Optical Society), and an Associate Fellow of AIAA (The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics). She has published more than 130 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.