Research Assistant Professor Fan Zhang is the recipient of the 2021 Ted Quinn Early Career Award from the American Nuclear Society (ANS) based on her outstanding achievements and dedication to the nuclear industry.
Among her achievements, Zhang has been awarded a grant titled “A Compact and Non-Intrusive Anomaly Detection Device for Digital Industrial Assets,” for her patent-pending research, which is helping her improve on the patent and enabling the production of a minimum viable product for a proposed cybersecurity device.
Additionally, as a doctoral student, Zhang’s research gained international attention from the International Atomic Energy Agency for her new approach for enhancing cybersecurity within nuclear power plants. Zhang continues her active engagement in the global community, including being involved in the IAEA NucSecCyber webinar Series 2 to present her research findings to all IAEA member states.
The award was established in 2017 by the ANS Human Factors, Instrumentation and Control Division (HFICD) and is named after Ted Quinn, former ANS president and president of Technology Resources. This award recognizes an individual for outstanding early-career contributions to nuclear instrumentation and control or human-machine interface technologies.