Three academics newly named as CAS and CAE Members
Adrian Cremin | 11/18/2021

On November 18, 2021, a total of three academics from the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) were elected as academicians, with two becoming members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and one being a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE).

Keqing XIA, Chair Professor of the Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering, was honored as this year’s newly elected CAS member; Zhenghe XU, Dean and Chair Professor of the College of Engineering, as a foreign member of CAE; Efim Zelmanov, Scientific Director and Distinguished Visiting Professor of the SUSTech International Center for Mathematics, was elected as a foreign member of CAS.

Keqing XIA joined SUSTech in 2018. He is currently the Associate Editor for the Journal of Fluid Mechanics (JFM), a top scientific journal in the field of fluid mechanics, and the Associate Editor of the European Physical Journal E (EPJ E). He was also the editor of the Journal of Turbulence from 2011 to 2017.

Prof. XIA has been primarily engaged in fluid mechanics and fluid turbulence research and achieved innovative results.

He was awarded the 2nd prize of the China National Natural Science Award in 2009 and the Croucher Advanced Research Award in 2005. He was also elected as a member of the American Physical Society in 2010.

Zhenghe XU joined SUSTech in 2016 and is an internationally renowned scholar engaged in scientific research and technological development in the area of interfacial science and surface chemistry as applied to natural resources processing and utilization.

He has developed various original surface functionalization technologies, especially in the fields of magnetic particles and unconventional petroleum resources, mineral separation, and clean coal combustion. The hydrodynamic cavitation theory of flotation, first proposed by Professor XU, made a significant contribution to solving the problem of fine particle flotation.

Prof. XU has published over 510 peer-reviewed SCI journal papers, which have been cited over 18,300 times, with an h-index of 64. He was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Canada in 2008 and 2015, respectively.

Efim Zelmanov has been a part of the SUSTech International Center for Mathematics since its establishment in 2019. He is known for his work on combinatorial problems in nonassociative algebra and group theory, including his solution of the restricted Burnside problem.

Prof. Zelmanov is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences (NAS), a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), a Fields Medal winner in 1994, a foreign member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

SUSTech has established an international high-level faculty team over the last ten years. The University attaches great importance to developing its faculty members and continuing to support the development of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA).

Up to now, SUSTech has recruited around 1,300 faculty members, including 54 academicians (33 full-time academicians). More than 90% of teaching and research faculty members have work overseas experience, and more than 60% have served or studied in a global top 100 university.

2021, 11-18
By Adrian Cremin

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