Peter Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Acoustics
Peter Xinya Zhang joined Columbia College Chicago in August, 2006. His field is psychoacoustics, including sound localization, 3D sound field simulation, cognition, subjective evaluation, and acoustics of singing voice. He received his degree of Bachelor of Science in physics from Peking University, P.R. China, and received his Ph.D. in physics from Michigan State University, USA. He investigated human binaural pitch effects to test various binaural models, and developed a new technique to simulate 3-D sound field for virtual reality with loudspeakers. Dr. Zhang is a member of the Acoustical Society of America, and of the Audio Engineering Society. He has published papers at the Journal of Acoustical Society of America and has presented at various conferences. He is the author of the Chapter 3: Psychoacoustics in the "Handbook for Sound Engineers" (by Focal Press), an industry standard.
Dr. Zhang serves as chair of the Chicago Chapter of the Acoustical Society of America, Secretary General of the Society of Chinese American Professors and Scientists, and President of the Peking University Alumni Association of Midwestern United States.
Besides teaching and research, Dr. Zhang is Director of China Initiative at the College, overseeing Columbia's partnership with China.
Dr. Zhang is an opera tenor. He performed and hosted performances in Chicago, Boston, East Lansing/MI, and Beijing/China. He started several organizations for cultural exchange, and gives seminars on Peking Opera and other Chinese art forms.