Katie is currently mentored by one of Dr. Zhang’s doctoral students, Shan Xue, and working on a research project, “Novel LED Fixtures for Energy-Efficient and Nutrient-Enhanced Greenhouse Crop Growth”. 

2023 Summer Research Internship

Moreover, Katie Nguyen, civil engineering undergraduate student, was nominated as a GS-LSAMP scholar to work with Dr. Zhang’s group. GS-LSAMP stands for Garden State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, which is an alliance between institutions of northern and central New Jersey whose mission is to double the number of historically and currently under-represented minority students earning bachelor’s degrees in STEM.  The LSAMP program is a National Science Foundation-funded program aimed at increasing the quality and 

Wen Zhang, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

Principal Investigator

Phone: (973) 596-5520 
Fax: (973) 596-5790
Email: wen.zhang@njit.edu

Office Location: Colton Hall 211

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quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree programs, and increasing the number of students interested in and academically qualified for programs of graduate study. LSAMP​ supports sustained and comprehensive approaches that facilitate achievement of long-term goal of increasing the number of students who earn doctorates in STEM fields, particularly those from populations currently underrepresented in STEM fields.

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 Wen's Research Group​

Our team members, Lili Li and Yihan Zhang, are mentoring students from the Honors Summer Research Institute (HSRI), which is funded by the donors to the Dorman College Dean's Fund for Student Development, Vatsal Shah ’08H, ’09, ’15, (Moonshot Grant for Engaged Scholarship), Langan Engineering (Civil and Environmental Engineering), and the Martinson Foundation. The HSRI provides participants with an eight-week interdisciplinary workshop sequence that helps them develop their research projects and communication skills. 

This summer in 2023, a biology major undergraduate student, Oluwanifemi Fuwa, received HSRI fellowship to work with Dr. Zhang’s team on a research project: Algae Separation Using Recoverable Magnetic Particles Under a Tunable Magnetic Field. This project is partially funded by NJDEP to explore safe and efficient algal removal technologies and mitigate harmful algal bloom impacts on New Jersey water bodies.  She has learned how to synthesize magnetic particles while using co-precipitation, and the effects of particle size on algal harvesting efficiency.