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Engineering professor named rising star

A UWindsor professor has been named a rising star by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Ning Zhang has received the IEEE Technical Committee on Services Computing Rising Star Award for his contributions to the fields of mobile edge computing and the Internet of Things. The IEEE, the largest technical professional organization in the world, selects only one recipient each year from around the globe.

The award “recognizes very promising individuals who are in the early stages of their independent research careers, but have already made outstanding, impactful, and potentially long-lasting contributions to the research and practice of services computing,” said the international not-for-profit organization.

In addition to Dr. Zhang’s record of providing professional services to the research community, the IEEE noted his prolific publication record. He has published more than 180 papers in international journals and at conferences, and has been a co-recipient of six best paper awards. His work has been cited more than 7,800 times and he is the associate editor of the IEEE Internet of Things Journal, the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, and the IEEE Systems Journal.

To be eligible for the award, researchers must have earned a doctoral degree in the last 10 years or be under the age of 40. Zhang, who joined the UWindsor Faculty of Engineering in 2020, is 37 and earned his PhD from the University of Waterloo in 2015.

—Sarah Sacheli