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Eight SDU Scholars Newly Recruited in the “Thousand Young Talents Plan”
DateandTime: 2017-06-09 17:47:13

Recently the list for the 13th batch of the “Thousand Young Talents Plan” or “Young Overseas High-Level Talents Introduction Plan” was released. Eight from SDU were recruited.

They are Song Jian and Ma Qin from the School of Mathematics, Zhang Jintao from the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Gao Xiang from the School of Life Sciences, Chen Cheng from the School of Civil Engineering, Zhang Xiaodong from the School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Zhao Haoran from the School of Electrical Engineering, and Nie Liqiang from the School of Computer Science and Technology.

Song Jian, Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, U.S.A. and visiting scholar of Drexel University in AY 2016-2017. He was assistant professor of the University of Hong Kong before being recruited. His research area mainly covers stochastic partial differential equations, fractional Brownian motion, and stochastic analysis (mathematicalfinance, information theory, etc.). He has published 14 papers on domestic and international journals and his research has been cited over 60 times. He was winner of “Travel Award for 36th Conference on Stochastic Processes and Their Applications”.

Ma Qin, Ph.D. from Shandong University and tenure-track assistant professor of the South Dakota State University, U.S.A. before being recruited. He established the first Laboratory of Bioinformatics in South Dakota and his research area mainly covers analysis of massive biomics data, mathematical model and matching bioinformatics software development. He has published or co-published 45 papers on well-known domestic and international journals (first author or corresponding author for 25). He has been invited and delivered academic report on international bioinformatics-related conferences and in prestigious universities for over 30 times. His research results have been cited for nearly 450 times. He is member of the editorial board for the internationally mainstream bioinformatics journals BMC Genomics and Mathematical Biosciences and from 2016 member of the appraisal board of the US NSF Key Projects Fund.

Zhang Jintao, Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore and research assistant of the Case Western Reserve University, U.S.A. before being recruited. His research area mainly coverselectrochemical catalysis and energy storage and conversion. He has published over 30 papers in well-known international academic journals as first or corresponding author, 8 were included in the list of ESI highly cited papers with more than 3,200 citations. He was selected as “Taishan Scholars” Young Expert of Shandong Province in 2016.

Gao Xiang, Ph.D. from Tsinghua University and engaged in post-doctoral studies on pathogenic micro-organismin Yale University before being recruited. He published 5 papers as joint first author in the journals of Science, Nature, Cell, Cell Host & Microbe, and have been cited 223 times.

Chen Cheng, Ph.D. from Lehigh University, U.S.A. and associate professor in civil engineering at the School of Engineering of the San Francisco State University before being recruited. His research area mainly includesearthquake prevention and disaster mitigation as well as advanced experimental techniques. He conducted his post-doctorate research at the George E. Brown,Jr. NEES National Earthquake Simulation Platform funded by the US NSF from 2008 to 2009. He has published over 20 papers in leading journals and conferences. He is member of ASCE, EERI, AISC and NEES Inc.

Zhang Xiaodong, Ph.D.from the University of Regina, Canada and post-doctorate director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory of the US Department of Energy before being recruited. His research area mainly covershydrology, water resources, groundwater remediation, climate change and environmental governance. His research findings are published in authoritative international journals like Water Resources Research, Water Research, and Advances in Water Resources. He is now the RPE in boththe U.S.A. and Canada.

Zhao Haoran, Ph.D. from Technical University of Denmark and pursued his postdoctorate study there before being recruited. His research area mainly covers wind power generation and control and large-scale new energy grid connection. As a senior member of IEEE, he was engaged in the development of multiple power system simulation products and the energy projects in Northern Europe with his research findings published in the authoritative journals of IEEE.

Nie Liqiang, Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore and research fellow at the School of Computer Science there before being recruited. His research area mainly covers multimedia computing, information retrieval and its application in the field of health care. He has published more than 50 papers in the CCFA and IEEE/ACM journals and has been cited over 1,000 times in Google Scholar. He is Chairman of the Program Committee of 2017 ICIMCS and member of the editorial board of the Information Science.

The “Thousand Young Talents Plan” is initiated by the Central Office of the Talents Work Coordination Group to introduce a large number of overseas talents for China’s prospective leapfrog sci-tech and industrial advancement in 10 to 20 years. This planwas officially launched in December 2010. Applicants shall meet the following requirements: to focus on natural science and engineering and be under the age of 40; to have earned the Ph.D. in international prestigious universities and have overseas scientific research experienceof no less than 3 years; to own full-time teaching or research position in renowned research institutes or R&D departments of famous enterprises; to be the top-notch talents in respective research fields with a potential to become the leading academic or technical professional. Fresh graduates who have gained outstanding research findings or other achievements as doctorate candidates will be introduced exceptionally.

Translated by: Lang Cuicui

Edited by: Li Hong, Song Yijun

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