James Z. Zhang, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Interim Dean, The Kimmel School

Western Carolina University

Brief Biography:

James Z. Zhang received his BSEE from Hunan University, People's Republic of China. He received an M.A. in Telecommunications and an M.S.E. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, both in 1993, from Indiana Unversity and Purdue University, respectively. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2002 from Purdue University.

Dr. Zhang worked as an Electrical Design Engineer for Woods Industries Inc. in Carmel, Indiana from 1993 to 1996. From 1996 to 1998, he worked at Thomson Inc. (The former RCA) in Indianapolis, Indiana, as a Member of Technical Staff, with the Projection Television Group. From 1998 to 2003, Dr. Zhang was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Thomson Inc. (The former GE Consumer Electronics Division) in Indianapolis, Indiana, with the Communications Research Group.

His research interests include Communications Theory, Wireless Networks, Bandwidth Efficient Modulation Schemes, Signal Design and Information Coding, and Digital Signal Processing Techniques for Communications.

Dr. Zhang is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ASEE.

Course Information -- Spring 2010

ET 570 Digital Communications .

Courses Taught


ENGR 199 Introduction to Engineering Practices & Principles .
EE 201 Network Theory I .
EE 202 Network Theory II .
EE 351 Signals and Systems .
EE 411 Analog and Digital Communications .

ECET 331 Digital Integrated Circuits and Systems .
ECET 461 Digital Signal Processing .

TEL 312 Fundamentals of Electronic Communications .
TEL 444 Wireless Communications and Networking .
TEL 495 Telecommunications Seminar .

ET 190 Engineering Systems .
ET 480 Independent Study - Telecommunications Management .


ET 570 Telecommunications and Networking .
ET 593 Topics in Engineering .
ET 603 Research Methods and Design of Experiments .
ET 688 Directed Projects .
ET 699 Master's Thesis .
ET 644 Advanced Digital Signal Processing .


Recent Publications

Recently Granted/Pending U.S. Patents

Recent Research Topics

1. Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) Communications Systems
2. Intent-Based Information Processing and Retrieval
3. Chaotic Minor Movement Tracking
4. Real-Time Wireless Laboratory Delivery
5. Wireless Health Information & Data Management


1. WCU "Collaborative Education Experience Award" (2005)
2. WCU "Faculty Research Grant" (2005)
3. CAS "Faculty Scholar Award" (2006)
4. Chancellor's Engaged Teaching Award (2007)
5. Kimmel School "Faculty Scholar Award" (2008)

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