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Xi-Cheng Zhang

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    Director of the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, a member of the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society.


Dr. Xi-Cheng Zhang graduated from Peking University in 1982 and received his PhD in physics from Brown University, Providence, RI in 1986. He was a visiting scientist at MIT in 1985; from 1985 to 1987 he worked in the Physical Technology Division of Amoco Research Center. He served in the Electrical Engineering Department at Columbia University (1987 - 1991). Dr. Zhang joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1992. In 1993-94, he was an AFOSR-SRPF Fellow at Hanscom Air Force Base. He was a distinguished visiting scientist at Jet Propulsion Lab - Caltech in 2006. Dr. Zhang was professor and acting head of the Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy and Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and System, founding director of the Center for THz Research at Rensselaer, and co-founder of Zomega Terahertz Corp. Dr. Zhang served as chairman of NATO Sensor and Electronics Technology Task Group (2007-2010) and Chairman of NATO Exploratory Team (2005-2006). He has also taken on the role of Editor-in-Chief of Optics Letters and serves as Scientific Advisor and a member of the International Council for ITMO University.

Dr. Zhang has received six patents, ten patents pending and numerous awards, including the National Science Foundation's CAREER award, Research Corporation's Cottrell Award, and China's Outstanding Scholar Award. He is a Fellow of IEEE, the Optical Society of America, and was elected a Fellow of the American Physics Society in 2002. He joined RPI in 1992 and has held teaching positions at Xiamen University, the Chinese Academy of Science and the Shanghai University of Science and Technology.

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