Nien Fan Zhang was born in Shanghai, China. He received his Ph. D degree in statistics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1985 with a specialization in time series analysis. He was a faculty member of University of Science and Technology of China from 1978 to 1981 and a faculty member of Southern Methodist University from 1985 to 1988. He worked at Westhollow Research Center of Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas as a research statistician from 1988 to 1993. In 1994, he became a member of the Statistical Engineering Division at NIST. His research interests include measurement uncertainty analysis in statistical metrology, time series analysis, and statistical process control.
Technical Areas of Research and Consulting:
Statistical process control
Time series analysis and forecasting
Measurement uncertainty analysis
Professional and Standards Activities:
Member of U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO TC 69 for Applications of Statistical Methods. U.S. Lead Delegate for SC6 - Measurement Methods and Results.
2013 R&D 100 Award for Developing a Quantitative Hybrid Metrology System
2013 NIST ITL Outstanding Authorship Award for Best Standard Document
2004 Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award for Scientific and Engineering Achievements
2003 Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award for Scientific and Engineering Achievements
2000 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer
1999 Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award for Scientific and Engineering Achievements
1993 Team Excellence Award of Westhollow Research Center, Shell Oil Company
Winkel, P. and Zhang, N. F. (2007) Statistical Development of Quality in Medicine, Wiley