Zhi Sun


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Zhi Sun


Zhi Sun


Specialty/Research Focus

Wireless communications and networking, especially wireless communications in extreme environments; wireless sensor networks; wireless underground networks; wireless intra-body networks; cyber physical systems

Contact Information

218 Davis Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-1608


Biography Publications Teaching Research


Dr. Zhi Sun received the PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. in 2011, under the guidance of Prof. Ian F. Akyildiz. He received the MS degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University and the BS degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), Beijing, China, in 2007 and 2004, respectively.

Currently, Dr. Sun is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, which he joined in August 2012. Prior to that, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Sun has won the Best Paper Award in the 2010 IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom). He received the BWN researcher of the year award at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009. He was also given the outstanding graduate award at Tsinghua University in 2007. 


  • PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011
  • MS, Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2007
  • BS, Telecommunications Engineering, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, 2004

Selected Honors and Awards

  • UB Exceptional Scholar - Young Investigator Award, University at Buffalo, 2017
  • NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2017
  • Best Demo Award, IEEE Infocom, 2017
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE Globecom, 2010
  • Researcher of the Year Award, BWN Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009
  • Outstanding Graduate Award, Tsinghua University, 2007