Meet Our Faculty


  • Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Volgenau

    As an instructor, Abbas Zaidi’s pedagogical approach has been to challenge his students to solve real world problems as independent thinkers, utilizing their learned techniques and not relying solely on solution recipes provided in textbooks or lectures. He thinks his job as a teacher ends the moment a student becomes an independent learner. As a teacher, he finds this journey rewarding in many ways for both himself and for his students: he thinks the students have taught him more in this process. He firmly believes that learning should be a fulfilling and, therefore, a joyful experience.
  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volgenau

    Kai Zeng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Volgenau School of Engineering. He is also affiliated with the Department of Computer Science and Cyber Security Engineering. Prior to coming to Mason, he was a faculty member in the Department of Computer and Information Science at University of Michigan - Dearborn and a postdoctoral scholar in the Computer Science Department at University of California, Davis (UCD).
  • Feitian Zhang

    Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volgenau

    Feitian Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University. He received the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Automatic Control from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, in 2007 and 2009, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, in 2014.
  • Associate Professor, Sid and Reva Dewberry Dept of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau

    Shanjiang Zhu is an associate professor of transportation planning and engineering at George Mason University. He graduated from Tsinghua University with a bachelor's degree in 2003 and a master's degree in 2005. During 2001-2003, he studied at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, in France, as a dual-degree student. He obtained his PhD at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2010 and worked two years as a research scientist at the University of Maryland before joining Mason Engineering.