Zhizhang (David) Chen
Professor and Head, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.)
Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow of the CAE

Dr. Chen received a B.Eng. degree in Radio Engineering from Fuzhou University, Fujian, P.R. of China, a M.A.Sc. degree in Radio Engineering from Southeast University (formerly Nanjing Institute of Technology), Nanjing, P. R. of China, and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, respectively. He was the recipient of many teaching and research awards including the 2005 Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia (APENS) Engineering Award. He is a Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).

Dr. Chen has been active in both teaching and research. Since his first term with Dalhousie University, he has been teaching various undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of RF/Microwave communication electronics/systems, antennas and electromagnetics, and has maintained good student evaluations. He has authored or co-authored over 200 journal/conference papers and industrial reports, wrote one book, contributed to two books, edited one conference proceeding, and filed 1 patent in the areas of computational electromagnetics and RF/microwave circuit and system design (some of his publications have been cited extensively in SCI literatures). He has been a principal investigator of many grants from both government and industry, including a recent NSERC Strategic Grant on ultra wideband impulse radio system (2010-2013), Atlantic Innovation Fund on generic smart RF transceivers (2003-2007), NSERC Discovery Grant on electromagnetic modeling (1993-2012) and a NSERC Strategic Grant on novel RF front-end module (1999-2003). He has completed supervision of postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, M.A.Sc. students, research engineers/associates, and undergraduate students for their senior projects. Four of the senior student-projects were awarded a national IEEE prize and IEEE regional prizes.

Dr. Chen has been an invited speaker, session chair, program member and organizer for a number of international conferences, workshops and seminars including IEEE International Microwave Symposium, and has served as an editorial board member for the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques and International Journal of Numerical Modeling by John Wiley. He is also an invited reviewer for various international journals and research grant agencies. He is a member of Microwave Field Theory Committee of IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society and its Speaker’s Bureau member. He was also the Chair of IEEE Canada Atlantic Section and a member of the Board of Directors for IEEE Canada (2000-2001).

Dr. Chen has also been involved in various university administrative/service activities, such as, Dalhousie University Senator, Engineering Deanship review committee; ECE graduate coordinator and member of Dalhousie graduate faculty council. Dr. Chen has also been active in local communities. He has served as the President of Chinese Society of Nova Scotia (2006-2007) and the Chairman of Halifax Chinese Language School Board of Directors (2003). He is currently the Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Dalhousie University.

Dr. Chen's general research area is in Computational Electromagnetics and RF/Microwave Engineering. His current teaching and research involvements are in the areas of computational electromagnetics, RF/microwave electronics, signal integrity and wireless technologies that include generic electromagnetic time-domain modeling, new electromagnetic phenomena characterization and realization (including those at optical frequencies), digital and high-frequency signal integrity analysis, RF/microwave components/circuits and systems (network and sensing), smart antennas, ultra-wide-band radio technology, high-frequency electronics as well as software-defined radios.

You may also visit http://emgroup.ece.dal.ca for Dr. Chen research team and laboratory information.