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NJIT Professor, Electrical Engineer, Petri Net Expert Named AAAS Fellow

NJIT Professor Mengchu Zhou, of Basking Ridge, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) based on his distinguished scientific contributions to a variety of research areas in the field of electrical and computer engineering.  According to AAAS, Zhou’s most notable research has focused on Petri nets, discrete event systems, and their applications to manufacturing, transportation, workflow, disassembly, web services, and software design.

New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and special pin on Feb. 18, 2012 at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.  Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by peers.   This year 539 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Most recently, Zhou, who teaches in the department of electrical and computer engineering in NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering, presented two papers at the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. Both papers, “Optimal Siphon-based Deadlock Prevention Policy for a Class of Petri Nets in Automation” and “Interference Impacts on ZigBee-based Wireless Mesh Networks for Building Automation and Control” have been published in IEEE Explore, an online publication.  At the same conference, Zhou served as a chair for the session entitled “Discrete Event Systems and Petri Nets.”  He also judged the Franklin V. Taylor Best Paper Award, an event sponsored by the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society.   He received this award in 2010.   He also was the judge of the overall best student paper award competition.

This past August, Zhou presented three papers at the 2011 IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering in Trieste, Italy. One of his papers entitled "Modeling and Analysis of Dual-Arm Cluster Tools for Wafer Fabrication with Revisiting" was the finalist of “QSI Best Application Paper Award.”  At this conference, Zhou was elected chair of the steering committee of this series of conferences that he helped found eight years ago.  He is also one of the founders of the series of IEEE International Conferences on Networking, Sensing and Control.

Zhou, an IEEE Fellow, is the founding editor of the recently-launched Wiley-IEEE press series on systems science and engineering.   He is also editor of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. He has authored more than 400 peer-reviewed research papers, 10 books and 18 book chapters.  He has made in his career more than 40 invited presentations before notable scholarly groups. 

His many honors include the NJIT Harlan J. Perlis Award for Research (1996); The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Humboldt Research Award for US Senior Scientists (2000); and the Chinese Association for Science & Technology in the US Achievement Award (2001).  Zhou received his doctorate from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science (www.sciencemag.org).  Founded in 1848, AAAS includes 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The non-profit AAAS (www.aaas.org) is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, www.eurekalert.org, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.

One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $121 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey.