Dr. Nan Zhang is a Professor of Information Technology and Analytics in the Kogod School of Business at the American University (AU). Before joining AU in 2018, he was a Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at The Pennsylvania State University. From 2016 to 2017, he served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF), with responsibilities in the Information Integration and Informatics (III), Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC), and BIGDATA programs, and co-chaired the federal interagency working group on privacy research.
Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on data analytics, information security/privacy, and the integration of machine learning in social and behavioral science research. His research projects has been supported by the NSF, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Army Research Office (ARO), the National Institute of Health (NIH), and the Qatar Foundation. His work also received many awards, including the Communications of the ACM Research Highlight in 2020, the ACM SIGMOD Research Highlight Award in 2019, the NSF CAREER award in 2008, and several best paper awards from leading research conferences. He is serving as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, and recently served as guest associate editors for MIS Quarterly and EPJ Data Science.