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ECE Post-doc Wins 2017 Chinese Government Award

May 15, 2018

Dr. Zhenyun Qian from Professor Matteo Rinaldi's group received the 2017 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad.

This award was established by China Scholarship Council in 2003. No more than 500 recipients are selected worldwide each year for their outstanding accomplishments during PhD studies in any discipline. This award is considered as the highest award given by Chinese government to the graduate students studying overseas who do not receive financial support from Chinese government.

Zhenyun received the award at a ceremony hosted by Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York on April 28 with other winners. This award was given to recognize his PhD work that was done in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University between 2013 and 2017.

Dr. Qian’s research focuses on exploiting the unique properties of micromechanical structures and advanced nanomaterials to develop new classes of sensors and actuators for Internet of Things applications. In particular, he has been working on two-dimensional materials enhanced piezoelectric nanosystems and zero-power infrared sensors based on micromechanical photoswitches. He has published more than 40 papers in high-impact journals (including Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications and Nano Letters) and at premier conferences. Dr. Qian was the recipient of the Outstanding Paper Award at the 18th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (Transducers 2015) and the Best Paper Award at the 2017 European Frequency and Time Forum & International Frequency Control Symposium (IFCS-EFTF 2017).

In the picture from left to right: Ambassador Qiyue Zhang and Zhenyun Qian