Dr. Zhen Zhu's research areas include unmanned systems; sensor integration; computer vision, laser, GPS, radio and inertial navigation systems. He was a senior research engineer and a principal investigator with Northrop Grumman Corporation, where he lead several major research programs sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Prior to that he worked on research projects funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), NASA and the Air Force Office and Scientific Research (AFOSR) at Ohio University. He has developed various systems and algorithms for automatic navigation and guidance of manned and unmanned aircraft. He plans to bring his experiences in electrical and aerospace engineering into teaching and research at ECU.