R. Helen Zha, PhD

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering


Dr. Helen Zha received her B.Sc. (2007) from MIT and her Ph.D. (2013) from Northwestern University in Materials Science & Engineering. After pursuing postdoctoral research at Eindhoven University of Technology and UC Berkeley, Helen started as a tenure-track assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering in 2018. Helen has received an NSF CAREER Award, published 22 peer-reviewed journal articles to date, and currently sits on the Scientific Advisory Council of Materials Innovation Initiative.