Scientific Consultant & Mentor

To broaden ALVA Labs’ scientific credibility, we secured the mentorship and consulting support of Dr. X.-C. Zhang, an internationally recognized scientist and leader in Terahertz science and technology. 

Dr. Xi-Cheng Zhang

Dr. Xi-Cheng Zhang

Director of the Institute of Optics
M. Parker Givens Professor of Optics
University of Rochester
Chairman and President of Zomega THz Corporation

Dr. Xi-Cheng Zhang graduated from Peking University in 1982 and received his PhD in physics from Brown University, Providence, RI in 1986. He was a visiting scientist at MIT in 1985; 1985 to 1987, he worked in the Physical Technology Division of Amoco Research Center; 1987 to 1991, he was in the Electrical Engineering Department at Columbia University. Dr. Zhang joined Rensselaer in 1992. 

In 1993-94, he was an AFOSR-SRPF Fellow at Hanscom Air Force Base. He was a distinguished visiting scientist at Jet Propulsion Lab – Caltech in 2006. 

Dr. Zhang was professor and acting head of the Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy and Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and System, founding director of the Center for THz Research at Rensselaer, and co-founder of Zomega Terahertz Corp. 

Dr. Zhang served as chairman of NATO Sensor and Electronics Technology Task Group (2007-2010) and Chairman of NATO Exploratory Team (2005-2006).

Dr. Zhang received 29 US patents; authored and co-authored 24 books and book chapters, 330 refereed papers; delivered 500 colloquia, seminars, invited conference presentations, and 200 contributed conference talks. His H-index is 81.

Professor Zhang’s research interests center around Terahertz waves, also known as T-rays, which exist within a frequency range between microwave and infrared. His research is focused on the generation, detection, and applications of free-space THz beams with ultrafast optics.

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