Associate Professor Jing Zhangâ€™s research is focused on tiny particles of dust â€“ and the havoc that dirt can wreak on the solar panels of the Mars Rover.
He is working on developing a better electrical dynamic screen that will help solar panels on the Rover â€“ the very technology that enables the vehicle to power up and move across the red planetâ€™s surface â€“ bring in more energy.
â€śDust lowers the efficiency of these panels,â€ť Dr. Zhang said. â€śRemove the particles and weâ€™re able to help the Rover take in more electrical energy. This has incredible applications on Earth. We will be able to produce more and more solar energy and not need a human to clean the panels.â€ť
Dr. Zhang has produced numerous journal and conference papers, but some of his greatest work is with doctoral students who are conducting research into signal processing and control theory in hand tremor. This research has significant potential to generate funding â€“ and ensure the project continues.
Dr. Zhang earned a bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s degrees in automatic control engineering at Southeast University in China, and his doctorate in electrical engineering was awarded at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the International Council on Systems Engineering.