Zheng Zhang

Assistant Professor

I am Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Rutgers University. My research interest is in high performance and reliable programming systems. I enjoy building and hacking systems with my amazing group of students. I also have a keen interest in collaborating with my theory colleagues. My Erdős number is 2. I like stretching and redefining the boundaries between system and theory. My research has been funded by NSF, Google, and Department of Education. I am also an affiliated faculty of the Rutgers RDI2 Institute.

Curriculum Vitae

My CV is here in pdf format. My short bio is provided below.


  • The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA,
    Ph.D. in Computer Science, 2012
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China
    B.S. in Electronic Engineering, 2004


  • Google Faculty Research Award, 2014
  • Google Anita Borg Scholar, 2011-2012
  • S. Park Graduate Research Award, 2011-2012
  • Best Paper Award, PPoPP 2010
  • Best Student Paper Award, QEST 2008


  • Assistant Professor, C.S. Dept. (9/2012 - Now), Rutgers University
  • Research Assistant, C.S. Dept. (5/2007 - 8/2007 & 5/2009 - 7/2012), William & Mary
  • Research Intern, eXtreme Computing Group (4/2011 - 8/2011), Microsoft Research
  • Web Applications Programming Intern (5/2005 - 8/2005), Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • Teaching Assistant, Math Dept. (8/2005 - 5/2007), C.S. Dept. (8/2007-9/2009), William & Mary

Resources for Prospective Graduate Students

Paper Writing Advice

Publish or perish? Paper writing is an important skill in grad school. I compiled a list of links from various sources that benefited me since I was a PhD student and many others.

Research Presentation

How to make people know you and your research? Publishing a paper is good but not enough. You need to advertise your work by public speaking. Click above link to see a list of good advice.

Graduate Students in Rutgers

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Living in New Jersey

The weather is not as good as California. But we do not have to worry about earthquakes. Not to mention other perks of living near Rutgers: closeness to nyc, superb healthcare and many more.