CEMS welcomes Qi Zhang as a new tenure-track assistant professor in the department. Zhang earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on Process Engineering, from RWTH Aachen University in Germany, a M.S. in Advanced Chemical Engineering with Process Systems Engineering from the Imperial College of London, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Upon completing his Ph.D., he entered industry, working as a conceptual process engineer at BASF SE in Germany and process engineer at BASF Corp. in Texas.
“Coming from industry, I enjoy the freedom to conduct fundamental research in an academic environment. That being said, during my time in industry, I gained invaluable insights into the kinds of challenges we face in real-world problems, which ultimately has had an impact on the way I do research. I'm excited about future opportunities to partner with industrial collaborators to work on research of both scientific significance and industrial relevance,” said Zhang.
Zhang is eager to embark on his academic career. “The University of Minnesota provides a highly collaborative research environment, which is of utmost importance to our research. CEMS especially has a long tradition of bringing scholars from different areas together to do interdisciplinary research. I'm looking forward to learning from my new colleagues and working with them to expand systems research to areas that we have barely touched before,” said Zhang.
Zhang’s research focuses on systematic decision making in the design and operation of complex process systems, using mathematical modeling and optimization. His research areas include applied and computational mathematics, energy, and systems engineering.