Chair Professor, Provost and Vice President for Academics |College of Engineering, School of Environmental Science and Engineering

Professor Zhang is the Provost at Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China. He is a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, an Honorary Member of Society of Petroleum Engineers, and a Fellow of Geological Society of America. He had held positions as Senior Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Miller Chair Professor at the Department of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, Chair Professor at the University of Southern California, Executive Dean of Graduate School and Dean of College of Engineering at Peking University. He has authored 2 books and published over 180 peer-reviewed papers. He earned both his Master’s degree and Ph.D. in hydrology and water resources in 1992 and 1993, respectively, from the University of Arizona. Professor Zhang is an internationally well known expert in unconventional oil and gas production, groundwater hydrology, and geological carbon sequestration, whose research achievements in stochastic modeling, numerical simulation, inverse modeling and machine learning are widely adopted by his peers. Professor Zhang has been an associate editor for SPE Journal, Water Resource Research, Advances in Water Resources, SIAM Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, Journal of Computational Geosciences, Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, and Vadose Zone Journal. He has served as a panelist on the RCUK Review of Energy, UK Research Councils, a member of US National Research Council’s Committee on New Research Opportunities in the Earth Sciences, and a council member of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on New Energy Architecture.

Personal Profile

Education:

1/93-12/93      Ph.D. in Hydrology. Dissertation: Conditional Stochastic Analysis of Solute Transport in     Heterogeneous Geologic Media. Advisor: Regents’ Professor Shlomo P. Neuman. Dept. of Hydrology and Water Resources, College of Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson.
8/91-12/92      M.Sc. in Hydrology. Thesis: Some Aspects of Stochastic Flow and Transport in Complex Geologic Media. Advisor: Regents’ Professor Shlomo P. Neuman. Dept. of Hydrology and Water Resources, College of Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson.
8/90-7/91       Graduate Studies in Geological Engineering. Dept. of Mining and Geological Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson.
8/88-7/89       Graduate Studies in Rock Mechanics. Dept. of Civil and Mining Engineering. Northeastern University, Shenyang, China.
8/84-7/88       B.Sc. in Engineering. Bachelor’s Thesis: A Moire Gauge for Measuring Rock Strain (A Patent Awarded). Graduated first in a class of 60. Dept. of Civil and Mining Engineering, Northeastern University, Shenyang, China.

 

Experience:

07/19-present     Provost and Chair Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), Shenzhen, China.
11/17-08/19         Executive Dean, Graduate School, Peking University (PKU), Beijing, China.
07/13-07/19        Dean, College of Engineering, Peking University (PKU), Beijing, China; Director, PKU Institute of Ocean Research; Chair Professor, Dept. of Energy and Resources Engineering.
08/10-06/13       Executive Dean, College of Engineering; Chair Professor, Dept. of Energy and Resources Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, China.
08/07-08/10      Gordon S. Marshall Professor of Water Resources & Petroleum Engineering, the Sonny Astani Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Mork Family Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, the University of Southern California.
07/05-08/10      Guest Professor, and Founding Chair (2005-2007, Consulting), Dept. of Energy and Resources Engineering; Founding Vice Dean (2005-2007, Consulting), College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, China.
03/04-07/07      Miller Chair Professor, Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering, the University of Oklahoma.
09/96-03/04      Senior Research Scientist, and Team Leader (1999-2003), Earth and Environmental Sciences Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory.
08/02-12/02     Visiting Faculty, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Sabbatical leave from Los Alamos National Lab. Teaching: Stochastic Subsurface Hydrology. Research: Coupling of Surface/Subsurface Flows.
06/03-12/10      Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China.
12/01-12/09       Associate Editor, Water Resources Research, American Geophysical Union.
08/02 -present  Associate Editor, Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal (SPE Journal).
07/03-12/08       Associate Editor, Vadose Zone Journal, the Soil Science Society of America.
07/04-present    Editorial Board, Advances in Water Resources Research.
01/05-12/11.       Associate Editor, SIAM Multiscale Modeling and Simulation.
01/07-present    Associate Editor, Journal of Computational Geosciences.
01/10-present    Consultant Editor, Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology.
03/95-08/96      Senior Hydrologist, Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc.
01/94-02/95      Assistant Research Scientist, Dept. of Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona.
01/93-12/93       Graduate Research Associate, Dept. of Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona.
08/91-12/92       Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona.
08/90-07/91      Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Mining and Geological Engineering, University of Arizona.

 

Honors and Awards:

Elected Member, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, 2017.
Honorary Membership Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2017.
Distinguished Member Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2017.
Recipient of “Top 100 Most Cited Chinese Papers Published in International Journals” Award, 2011.
Elected Member, The Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society of America, 2011.
Elected Fellow, Geological Society of America, 2009.
Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, 2007 Outstanding Review Chair Award.
Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, 2006 Outstanding Technical Editor Award.
Natural Science Foundation of China, Outstanding Young Researcher Award, 2007-2011.
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Outstanding Young Oversea Researcher Foundation Award, 2005-2007.
Elected Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Oversea Evaluation Expert Committee, 2005-2007.
Elected Member, IPACES (International Professionals for the Advancement of Chinese Earth Sciences), since 2002.
Los Alamos Award, 1999.
LANL Outstanding Asian Employee, 1997.
Top Student Awards, 1984-1988.

 

Professional Memberships:

AGU, American Geophysical Union, since 1992.
SPE, Society of Petroleum Engineers, since 1999; Honorary Membership, since 2017.
GSA, Geological Society of America, since 2001; Fellow, since 2009.
ASCE, American Society of Civil Engineers, since 2003.
SIAM, Society of Industrial and Applies Mathematics, since 2005.
NAE, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Member, since 2017.

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Unconventional oil and gas production, groundwater hydrology, and geological carbon sequestration


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