Wenjun (Chris) Zhang

Distinguished Graduate Supervisor Award - Fall 2012

Wenjun (Chris) Zhang is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology in 1994 and he joined the Department of Manufacturing Engineering of City University of Hong Kong that year as an assistant professor. In 1998, he joined the University of Saskatchewan as an associate professor and industrial research chair sponsored by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL). Dr. Zhang served as the Chair of the Division of Biomedical Engineering from 2007 to 2011. He was an adjunct professor of the University of Adelaide (Australia) during 2002 to 2006 and is a guest professor of several universities in China.

Dr. Zhang has an extremely wide scope of research and teaching interests, including understanding and modeling of complex systems (technical and human-technical systems), and their analysis, synthesis and management. He has published over 300 papers (over 90 percent being with his graduate students and research associates) and these papers appeared in over 50 different journals. He has built an interdisciplinary group of graduate students and research associates; one of the most salient features of his research program. The other salient feature is that he requires that students know the origin and history of thinking and technology of the research topic. He requires that students be aware of activities of three top groups in the world on their topics. Dr. Zhang has devoted a great deal of attention to his international graduate students, not only in their pursuit of quality education and career, but also with improving their communication and leadership abilities and their quality of life.

Since he joined the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Zhang has graduated 40 graduate students of the University of Saskatchewan (11 at the Ph.D. level). Among the 11 Ph.D. graduates, five received NSERC post-doctoral fellowship awards, and six are now in faculty positions in the United States and Canada. He is currently supervising five Ph.D. students and 6 M.Sc. students.

Students characterize Dr. Zhang as a caring graduate supervisor who is inspirational and insightful.