Assistant Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Zheng Zhang


  • Design automation methodology of electronic and photonic integrated circuits (IC) under various uncertainties;

  • Ultra-compressed on-device training, and trustworthy machine learning systems;

  • Quantum computing and the design automation aspects of quantum circuits.


Electrical & Computer Engineering Department

Computer Science Department

Mathematics Department


Zheng Zhang  (M'15) has been an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), since July 2017. He received his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, in 2015, M.Phil from the University of Hong Kong in 2010, and B. Eng from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2008. His industrial experiences include Coventor Inc., Cambridge, MA, and Maxim-IC, Colorado Springs, CO, USA; academic visiting experiences include the University of California at San Diego, Brown University, and Politechnico di Milano, Milan, Italy; government laboratory experiences include the Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL, USA.  His research interests include uncertainty quantification and tensor computation with multi-domain applications including CAD of nano-scale IC/MEMS/photonics, data analytics, machine learning and autonomous systems.


  • 2022: Meta Research Award.

  • 2021: ACM SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award (link); IEEE CEDA Ernest S. Kuh Early Career Award (link).

  • 2020: Best Paper Award of IEEE Trans. on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (link to paper); Facebook Research Award; Best Student Paper Award at EPEPS (by PhD advisee Zichang He, link to paper).

  • 2019: NSF CAREER Award; Rising Stars in Computational and Data Sciences (by my advisee Chunfeng Cui); Rising Stars in EECS (by my advisee Chunfeng Cui).

  • 2018: Best Paper Award of IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (link to ppaer); Best Conference Paper Award at IEEE EPEPS (link to paper).

  • 2016: ACM Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award in Electronic Design Automation (link); Best Paper Award at International Workshop on Signal and Power Integrity.

  • 2015: MIT Microsystems Technology Labs (MTL) Doctoral Dissertation Seminar Award (link).

  • 2014: Donald O. Pederson Best Paper Award of IEEE Transactions on CAD of Integrated Circuits and Systems ( link); Best Paper Nomination at IEEE CICC.

  • 2011: Li Ka-Shing Prize (best M.Phil/Ph.D thesis award) from the University of Hong Kong (link); best paper nominations at ICCAD2011 and ASP-DAC2011.


Ph.D in EECS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.Phil in EE, The University of Hong Kong
B. Eng in EE, Huazhong University of Science & Technology


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