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Faculty Update | 2017 Introducing New Faculty & Celebrating Promotions

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Ah mad Hilaly


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College of Engineering Texas A&M University 3122 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-3122

New Faculty

Faculty Promotion

Ahmad Hilaly

Qing Sun

Xuejun Zhu

Zhengdong Cheng

Hilaly has more than 22 years of industrial experience in the biochemical industry, and extensive experience in research and development management. His research area includes food, nutraceuticals, feed, fuels and renewable chemicals. He has held positions of process engineer, R&D manager and R&D director. Hilaly has 16 issued U.S. patents. His teaching interests include process design, mass transfer and bioprocess engineering.

Qing Sun is a postdoctoral researcher in Synthetic Biology Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2015, she received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Delaware. Then she joined MIT as a postdoctoral researcher. Her research interests are synthetic biology with focus on protein engineering, genetic circuits design and biomaterial development for environmental and biomedical applications. She will join The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering in January 2018 as a new faculty.

Zhu’s research focuses on biomolecular engineering for medical, bioenergy, and other bio-based applications. Areas of interest include microbial genome mining for bioactive small molecules, engineering the biosynthesis of pharmaceuticals and biofuels, and developing synthetic and chemical biology tools to detect-and-treat infectious diseases. Research approaches include bioinformatics, molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, and analytical chemistry. She will join The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering in 2019 as a new faculty.

Cheng joined the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering in 2004 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2010. Cheng has become a prolific researcher, producing more than 40 refereed journal publications in 2016 alone.

Professor of Practice Ph.D., Colorado State University

Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of Delaware


Assistant Professor Ph.D., UC Berkeley

Professor Ph.D., Princeton University

Cheng’s research interests include: soft matter, nanotechnology, renewable energy, enhanced oil recovery, microfluidics complex fluids.


New Faculty and Promotions |Fall 2017  
New Faculty and Promotions |Fall 2017