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Editor Name: Weihong Katie Zhong
Designation: Westinghouse Distinguished Professor
University: Washington State University
Biography: Dr. Zhong received herPh.D. degree in 1994 in the Composites and Manufacturing Program of the Departmentof Materials Science and Engineering at Beijing University of Aeronautics andAstronautics (BUAA) inBeijing, China. From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Zhong was Associate Director of the Composite Materials andTechnology Program in BUAA. In 1999 Dr. Zhong was promoted to full professor, becoming the youngestfull professor at BUAA, and one of the youngest full professors in China. From 2002 to2003, Dr. Zhongworked as a research associate at Vanderbilt University doing research onnanocomposite materials. Dr. Zhong began her associate professorship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at North Dakota State University in August 2003. In August 2007, Dr. Zhong joined WashingtonState University, in which currently she is an endowed chair professor. Dr. Zhong is areviewer/panelist for NSF, DoE and DoD grant proposals and a consultant for The Boeing Company in thearea of nanotechnology since 2006. She has been an instructor for the BoeingNanotechnology Curriculum forthe Engineering and Scientific staff. Dr. Zhong received numerous awards/honors including the DowChemical Composites Educator of the Year 2011 by SPE, selected one of the 15 World’s Best Scholars toUniversity British Columbia,Vancouver, BC, Canada, in 2012.In addition, she was awarded theExcellent Academic Advisor at WSU in 2013, because she has graduated several outstanding PhD studentswho received quite a few international rewards/global honors, such as Boeing Flightglobal Awards/BoeingEngineering Student of the Year 2010 (2ndplace) and 2012 (1stplace), and Worldwide Top 50 PhD/post-docsby MRS (2 PhD students selected) in 2011. Dr. Zhong has had over 270 publicationsin polymer composites and energy materials, including 171peer-reviewed papers, 5 book and book chapters, more than 90 conference papers, and a number of US patents