Ping Zhang

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Ping Zhang
(269) 387-4533
5518 Everett Tower, Mail Stop 5248
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Department of Mathematics
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5248 USA
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Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 to 2:50 p.m.
and by appointment

  • Ph.D., Mathematics, Michigan State University, 1995
  • MA., Mathematics, Jordan University, 1989
Dr. Zhang is a Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics at Western Michigan University.  Her research is in the area of combinatorics, primarily in classical and structural graph theory.  In particular, her research in graph theory includes colorings and labelings, domination,  Hamiltonicity, connectivity, distance, decompositions, and Ramsey theory. Dr. Zhang's biography on Wikipedia.

Dr. Zhang has authored or co-authored six textbooks on Graph Theory, Discrete Mathematics, and Mathematical Proofs and six special topics books in Graph Theory. She has authored or co-authored over 340 research articles in algebraic combinatorics and graph theory. The book titled "The Fascinating World of Graph Theory," co-authored with Arthur Benjamin and Gary Chartrand and published by Princeton University Press and translated into Chinese and Japanese, was named a 2015 Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title in Mathematics, one of only nine books selected. Her co-edited 2013 book "Handbook of Graph Theory" is the most comprehensive single-sourced guide to graph theory and has originated major areas of research. Dr. Zhang’s publications on MathSciNet. 

Dr. Zhang has directed the dissertations of 26 doctoral students at Western Michigan University. In addition, she has served as a second reader, external examiner, or member of 33 doctoral dissertation committees.  She has also supervised numerous research projects with graduate and undergraduate students.

Dr. Zhang is a series book editor of SpringerBriefs in Mathematics for Springer Publishing and serves on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics.
Dr. Zhang was a recipient of a Distinguished University Faculty Scholar Award in 2017.