Xu–Qian Zheng graduated from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Automation in 2013. He then joined Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University and started working in Professor Philip Feng’s group in Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in January 2014. He received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in May 2015 and continued working in Prof. Feng’s group after graduation. Now, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering at Case.
Xu–Qian’s research at Case focuses on utilizing piezoelectric materials, which is known as a type of material for energy harvesting, for device applications. In particular, he develops piezoelectric micro/nanoelectromechanical systems (M/NEMS) that holds promises for harvesting vibrational energy to power ultralow–power integrated circuits. In parallel to fundamental studies, he has also been actively working on an engineering project focusing on using piezoelectric energy harvesters to power wireless sensor nodes. Along with efforts in research, Xu–Qian also has been actively participating in commercialization of technologies for energy sustainability. He won the 2nd place of Clean Energy Challenge at Case in January 2015, and in April, he competed in Chicago as a member of the finalist team, CrystalE, in Clean Energy Challenge 2015.
Xu–Qian has the long-term interest and ambition in solving the global energy challenges. Motivated by this passion, he is putting sustained effort on energy related fundamental research, engineering development, and entrepreneurial activities.