Ezra’s Round Table / Systems Seminar: Jingzheng Ren (Hong Kong Polytechnic)

Dr. Jingzheng Ren is currently an Associate Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He received his B. Eng. and M. Eng. degrees from Chongqing University in 2008 and 2010, respectively. He received a Ph.D degree in 2015 from University of Padua. He worked as an Assistant Professor, then an Associate Professor at University of Southern Denmark before moving to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He was also appointed as Associated Senior Research Fellow of Institute for Security & Development Policy (Sweden) and Honorary Associate Professor of University of Southern Denmark (Denmark).

His research focuses on process systems engineering for energy, environment and sustainability. He has specialized in developing innovative industrial processes, decision-making tools and optimization models based on systems thinking to achieve sustainable and carbon-neutral industrial systems for promoting sustainability transition. He is skilled in using process systems engineering to achieve sustainability-oriented decision-making and optimization, and it can help the decision-makers to make informed decisions to achieve sustainable industrial systems with the considerations of multiple objectives, multiple dimensions, multiple scales, and multiple stakeholders. These innovative tools and models developed by him have been widely cited by researchers all over the world, and they have also attracted interests of industrial partners for dissemination and demonstration.

He has published more than 250 publications including more than 180 journal papers, 1 authored book by Springer, 17 edited books (published by Elsevier, Springer, World Scientific Publishing and AIP, etc.), more than 40 book chapters, and 5 editorials. Since 2020, according to Scopus international database he has been placed as the top 10 authors in both “sustainability” and “sustainability assessment” all over the world based on the total number of journal articles (search on title, abstract and keywords), and he is also ranked in the top 2% scientists listed in The Stanford List in the field of Energy (both 2020 and 2021).

The total citations of his publications reached to more than 7500 times. Eleven of his papers have been selected as the ESI top 1% highly cited papers, two have been highlighted as the Key Scientific Article contributing to the excellence in Energy research by Renewable Energy Global Innovations, and two papers have been highlighted as a key scientific article contributing to excellence in science and engineering research by Advances in Engineering. He also won various best paper awards, including the Science and Technology Prize of the Education Department of Henan Province -Best Paper Award (The First Prize), the Outstanding Achievement Award of Theory and Practice for Productivity in Jiangsu Province (The First Prize), the Best Paper Award (the 2nd award, prizes for contributors to leading journal on sustainability), and the Most Cited Paper Award 2019 published in Resources, Conservation & Recycling. He has directed/co-directed many grants funded by Research Grants Council of Hong Kong SAR, China.

He serves as the co-editor-in-chief, editor, associate editor, specialty chief editor, or section chief editors of many journals belonging to Elsevier, Springer, AIP or some other publishers. He also served as the general chair, session chair, organizing committee member, academic member and technical committee member of many international conferences as well as referee of many journals. In addition, he is also the reviewer of many international grants.

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