Xi-Cheng Zhang (Chinese: 张希成), is a Chinese-American Physicist. He was born in the People's Republic of China. Zhang is currently the Parker Givens Chair of Optics at the University of Rochester, and the director of the Institute of Optics. He is also the Chairman of the Board and President of Zomega Terahertz Corporation.
Previously he was the J. Erik Jonsson ’22 Professor of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he had joint appointments in the Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, and the Department of Electrical Computer, and System Engineering. He also served as the director of the Center for Terahertz Research.
Zhang received his BS in physics from Peking University, Beijing, China in 1982. He subsequently earned his M.Sc and PhD in physics from Brown University, RI, USA in 1983 and 1986 respectively. He was a research physicist in Amoco Research Center and research scientist in Columbia University. He was appointed as Associate Professor in the department of physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Jan, 1992. He was promoted to Professor and Distinguished Professor in Science on May, 1997 and Sep. 2001 respectively. He was elected as the Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ins 2001 for "contributions to free-space terahertz optoelectronics".
He has been involved in research using Terahertz radiation, a part of the spectrum between microwaves and infrared, and the traditional bounds of electronics, and photonics. Terahertz radiation, or "T-Rays" have many potential applications for 3D scanning, non-destructive testing, and spectroscopy.
Dr. Zhang received 29 patents, published 26 books and book chapters, authored and co-authored over 300 refereed journal papers, delivered over 400 colloquium, seminars, invited conference presentations, and 250 contributed conference talks (since 1990). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Optical Society of America, and the American Physics Society. Most recently, he was awarded the OSA Meggers Award (2012) and the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS) 2011 William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award. Dr. Zhang has been active in pulsed THz research since 1988.
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