Professor Zak Fang joined the faculty of metallurgical engineering at the University of Utah in 2002. Prior to that, Prof. Fang had a successful industrial R&D career and held various technical and management positions in a number of industrial corporations. He last served as the Director for Materials R&D for Smith International Inc. With such rich industrial experience, he developed expertise in a wide range of materials including hardmetals, polycrystalline diamond, powder metallurgy, fracture-mechanical behavior of brittle materials, metal matrix composites, wear resistant materials, coatings, and other advanced materials processing technologies. From 2002 to date, Prof Fang has developed externally funded research programs in the areas of nano powder systhesis, nano sintering, functionally graded hardmetals, powder metallurgy titanium, intermetallic coatings, and hydrogen storage materials. Prof. Fang graduated from the University of Science and Technology Beijing with BS and MS degrees in 1984 and received his Ph.D degree in materials science and engineering in 1991 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 1987, he received a fellowship award and served as a research fellow in the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. Prof. Fang has authored/co-authored over 120 publications including technical articles and over 30 US patents.
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