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Kearny Resident Rui Zhang Receives NCE Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Rui Zhang, of Kearny, received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the 12th Annual Salute to Engineering Excellence sponsored by NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering (NCE).  The eventwas held March 25, 2010 at NJIT.   

Zhang, a computer engineering doctoral student in the department of electrical and computer engineering, is a superb researcher and a stellar student. He came to NJIT with a strong background. He received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), one of China’s best universities. As soon as he was accepted in the PhD program at NJIT in 2008, he asked his academic adviser to send him research papers to read in China.

His eagerness served him well. In two years at NJIT, Zhang has written and published 12 research papers in prominent academic journals in the field of computer and wireless networking. It’s rare for a graduate student to have such publishing success. He has also acted as a technical reviewer for many international conferences and journals.

This is not the first time Zhang has been honored by NJIT. In 2009, he won three accolades: the Hashimoto Fellowship; the Graduate Student Achievement Award and a Student Travel Award.

In addition to his success as a researcher, he has a perfect academic record -- a GPA of 4.0. He is also a teaching assistant in the department of electrical and computer engineering. After he graduates from NJIT, Zhang wants to work as a professor and a researcher at a research university. He hopes to become a prominent researcher in his field. With such accomplishments, he’s on his way to achieving that goal, professors say.

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