Biography Summary

Prof. Qinqin Zhu is an assistant professor in the department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. She is also a faculty member in the Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute (Waterloo.AI), Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) and Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN). Prof. Zhu received her PhD degree from the Chemical Engineering department at the University of Southern California, advised by Prof. Joe Qin. Prior to UW, she worked as a senior research scientist at Facebook Inc. in the United States.

Prof. Zhu's research mainly focuses on developing advanced statistical machine learning methods, process data analytics techniques and optimization algorithms in the era of big data with applications to statistical process monitoring and fault diagnosis. Her research addresses theoretical challenges and problems of practical importance in the area of process systems engineering. By leveraging the power of mathematical modeling and optimization, her group strives to develop advanced multivariate statistical analysis algorithms that enhance decision making in complex engineering systems.


Research Interest

  • Process Data Analytics
  • Machine Learning
  • Statistical Process Monitoring and Fault Diagnosis
  • Optimization and Control of Process and Energy Systems
  • Process Systems Engineering


  • Doctoral Degree, Chemical Engineering, University of Southern California
  • Master's Degree, Computer Science, University of Southern California
  • Bachelor's Degree, Automation, Zhejiang University

Contact Information

Phone:  519-888-4567 x32540
Office:   E6-3006, Chemical Engineering
               University of Waterloo
               200 University Avenue West
               Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada