West Virginia University professors Kung Wang and C.Q. Zhang have each earned a faculty award from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences .


Wang has been named the Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Zhang is the Eberly Distinguished Professor of Mathematics. The awards are funded by an endowment established by the Eberly Family Charitable Trust and The Eberly Foundation, which are managed by the WVU Foundation.


It is a privilege to make faculty appointments like these. They not only reward productive faculty who have given so much to WVU , but they underscore the extraordinary faculty we have in the Eberly College, especially those dedicated to research,said Rudy Almasy, interim dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.


Wangs research interest is general synthetic organic chemistry. A major trend in this discipline is to develop practical and concise methods for the synthesis of complex molecules possessing important biological activities or material properties. Wangs research group has made important contributions in this area by developing new cascade sequences that effectively string several chemical transformations together into a single operation.


He has supervised 23 doctoral students and 18 masters students since joining the faculty at WVU in 1981. He has published three book chapters and more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Chemical Society.


He was the recipient of the Eberly Colleges Outstanding Researcher Award in 1996 and a Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award in 1997. He received his bachelors degree in chemistry from Tunghai University in 1972 and his doctoral degree in organic chemistry from Purdue University in 1979.


WVU has provided me with so many opportunities to advance my research and career. I have been able to accomplish so much here and I am grateful for that. Receiving this award is a high honor and I thank the Eberly College for choosing me,Wang said.


Zhang is currently the thesis advisor for four doctoral candidates in the area of discrete mathematics and is also collaborating with colleagues supervising three doctoral candidates in the area of information science and software development for data mining. There have been eight doctoral students who have graduated under Zhangs supervision. All of them are employed as tenured or tenure-track faculty at universities.


Zhang has received the Outstanding Research Award from the Eberly College in 1990 and the Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award from WVU in 1998. He has published 88 papers, one monograph and holds one U.S. patent.


He received his masters degree from QuFu Teachers College in China and his doctorate in mathematics from Simon Fraser University. He joined the WVU faculty in 1987.


Although I am the one who got the appointment, the honor belongs to our discrete math group, and my department. I have been very fortunate to work together with one of the best research groups on the campus,Zhang said.