Published 04/15/15

Jiang, Zhang receive inaugural Santander Faculty Research Awards

Bryant professors Crystal Jiang , Ph.D., and Chen Zhang, Ph.D., were recently honored as recipients of the inaugural Santander Faculty Research Collaboration Award. This award fosters research collaboration among Bryant and other Santander partner universities around the world with an emphasis in Spain, Latin America, China, and Brazil.

“Santander Universities has been a philanthropic sponsor of Bryant University since 2011,” notes Eduardo Garrido, director of Santander Universities US. The faculty research awards further demonstrate "our commitment to higher education across borders.”

Jiang, Associate Professor of Management, is working on a project titled “What Affects Chinese Firms’ Innovation? A Political Network Perspective,” in collaboration with Renmin University of China, a Santander partner university. She is examining the complexity of institutional, cultural, and strategic transformations of emerging business markets and how those factors affect firms’ performances. Her research was featured in prominent publications at top business conferences and in international and strategic management journals including the Journal of Management and The Journal of International Business Studies.

Zhang, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, is working on a project titled “Optical Sensors: More Compact and Less Costly,” in collaboration with Tsinghua University in Beijing, a Santander partner university. He is applying data analysis to optical spectrum analysis to determine how it can perform noninvasive health-related measurements.

“With optical sensors getting more compact and less costly, the technology is increasingly being applied to wearable devices and being used to monitor the vital signs from the human body,” he says. “The application of wearable health sensors that are economical and noninvasive in nature can potentially predict and prevent many diseases.”

The Santander award will enable Zhang to travel to Tsinghua University to complete the project’s collaborative research.