By Elizabeth Egan
Published January 2, 2024
Jim Zheng, a SUNY Empire Innovation Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, has been elevated to a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to energy storage technologies.
“Professor Zheng’s elevation to the rank of fellow of the IEEE speaks volumes to the excellence of his scholarship,” said Jonathan Bird, chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering. “A SUNY Empire Innovation Professor, who joined us in 2020 to lead efforts in clean-energy and, more specifically, in energy storage, Jim is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and of several other prestigious societies. As an alum of our very own department, however, his promotion to fellow of the IEEE brings special significance.”
IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization. IEEE has over 427,000 members across 190 countries who are made up of engineers, scientists and allied professionals. The organization produces over 30% of the world's literature in the electrical, electronics, and computer engineering fields and holds numerous conferences and professional and educational activities.
Being elevated to an IEEE fellow recognizes unusual distinction in the profession and is given by the board of directors to a person whose achievements have contributed to the advancement of engineering, science and technology.
On top of his IEEE fellowship, Zheng is a fellow in the National Academy of Inventors Fellow and National Research Council. He has received the Army Research & Development Achievement Award, NASA Faculty Research Award, and the Progress Energy Professional Development Award, along with a number of other awards.
Zheng has published over 180 scholarly articles and 140 papers in conferences for energy storage, fuel cells, nano-sensors, photonics and thin-film growth. He has been awarded 23 patents, five of which have been licensed by private companies.
Zheng received both his MS and PhD in electrical engineering from the University at Buffalo in 1986 and 1990, respectively. After a 30-year career in academia and national laboratories, Zheng returned to UB in 2020 to lead efforts in clean energy research.