Professor Zhi Ding is appointed Child Family Professorship in Engineering and Entrepreneurship

Professor Zhi Ding is appointed Child Family Professorship in Engineering and Entrepreneurship. From Bruce White's announcement:

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Professor Zhi Ding of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to the Child Family Professorship in Engineering and Entrepreneurship. He is the first person to receive this honor.

Ding has been a member of the UC Davis faculty since 2000. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University, his master's degree in the same field from the University of Toronto and his bachelor's degree in engineering from the Department of Wireless Engineering at the Nanjing Institute of Technology in China.

Widely praised for his teaching dedication and ability, Ding is likewise recognized for his research in design and analysis for wireless digital communication systems. He is considered one of the leading figures in signal processing and wireless communications and has been cited for major contributions in the field of adaptive equalization. Ding was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2003, a distinction reserved for fewer than one percent of IEEE members. The recognition is for unusual distinction in the profession and an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

The relevance to society of Ding's research is reflected by the level of funding it attracts and the success of the many graduate students he has supervised. He has been extremely successful in getting support for his research group, one of the largest in his department. In addition to public sector grants, including highly competitive grants from the National Science Foundation and Army Research Office, Ding's works are currently supported by such industrial partners as Intel, NEC, and Futurewei. He has also been funded by Nortel Networks, LSI Logic, Cenic, and Northrop Grumman.

Mike and René Child endowed the Child Family Professorship in Engineering and Entrepreneurship to recognize and encourage professors who emphasize the development of technology with commercial value to society.
Bruce R. White
Dean, UC Davis College of Engineering

Posted: March 13, 2009

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