Zhen Peng Wins ACES Early Career Award

April 20, 2015 - Chuck Reuben

ECE Professor Zhen Peng receives The Early Career AwardECE Prof Zhen Peng was awarded The Early Career Award by the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) at its Conference last March in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. This award honors achievements and contributions in the field of computational electromagnetics by a researcher who is under 35 years old.

ACES logoPeng was chosen for the Early Career Award because of his outstanding contributions to domain decomposition methods in computational electromagnetics.  His research allows engineers to quickly create and analyze “virtual” prototypes and reduces the need to conduct experiments with real prototypes.

“Zhen is one of the top 10 young computational EM folks in the world in terms of promise and visibility,” said ECE Professor Christos Christodoulou. ​“He has been very consistent in solving more and more complicated problems in our fields. 

Computational electromagnetics (CEM) is important for virtual prototyping of engineering products. It can be used to explore new theories and to design new experiments to test these theories. CEM provides a powerful alternative to the techniques of experimental science when measurements are impractical ortoo expensive. Applications include electromagnetic compatibility, antenna analysis, radar signature prediction, and design of optical materials.


Williamsburg, Virginia “We were pleased when Zhen Peng agreed to join our faculty because we knew of his potential and he is simply fulfilling our expectations,” said ECE Professor Edl Schamiloglu. “The University of New Mexico has one of the top Applied Electromagnetics programs in the country and we look forward to becoming THE applied electromagnetics program in the country.”

Peng was thrilled when he found out that he won the award.

“As a researcher who is passionate about computational electromagnetics and mathematics, receiving this award is an amazing honor,” said Peng, who is 33. “I am very grateful and fortunate to work with great mentors and collaborators, amazing and supportive colleagues and students in the applied electromagnetic group at UNM. The award is an encouragement and inspiration to continue this research and to drive me towards achieving greater accomplishments.”

Peng joined ECE as an Assistant Professor on August 1, 2013. Prior to joining UNM he was a Senior Research Associate at the ElectroScience Laboratory at the Ohio State University (2009-2013). He Received the Ph.D. degree in 2008 at Chinese Academy of Sciences and his thesis work was awarded first Prize at Beijing Science and Technology Progress in 2010. Peng earned his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Science and Technology of China. 

Peng is the recipient of 2014 IEEE Antenna and Propagation Sergei A. Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award, a recipient of 2014 Young Scientist Award of Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale (URSI) General Assembly and Scientific Symposium, 2013 Young Scientist Award of the International Union of Radio Science, Commission B, 2013 Young Scientist Award of International Symposium on Electromagnetic Theory, 2013 Young Scientist Award of Asia-Pacific Radio Science Conference, a candidate for 2012 P. W. King award of IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, the recipient of the Best Paper Award for 2011 from ElectroScience Lab, The Ohio State University, and a recipient of Young Science Award from International Symposium on Electromagnetic Theory.