Peng Zhang, assistant professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been awarded a prestigious and selective 2018 Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).
The $450,000 AFOSR YIP Award over three years will support Zhang's research to develop theoretical models for “Understanding Ultrafast and Nanoscale Electron Emission and Transport.” The research is important to the development of advanced electron sources, compact accelerators and radiation sources, and time-resolved electron microscopy.
Zhang joined MSU in 2016. His research interests are in theory and modeling of nanoelectronics, electromagnetic fields and waves, plasmas, and accelerator technology. He is an editorial board member of Scientific Reports.
Prior to joining MSU, he was an assistant research scientist at the University of Michigan. He received a PhD (2012) and a master’s degree (2010) in nuclear engineering and radiological sciences from the University of Michigan. He also has a master’s degree (2008) in microelectronics and bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering (2006) from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
AFOSR 2018 YIP awarded more than $19 million in grants to 43 scientists and engineers from 37 research institutions and small businesses. The program fosters creative basic research in science and engineering and is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years. This year’s program received more than 285 proposals.