Zhu Named CAREER Scholar

By Anna Lynn Spitzer

06.17.05 – Kevin Zhu, assistant professor of information systems and Irvine Calit2 academic participant, has been recognized by the U.S. National Science Foundation with the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. The CAREER award, the highest honor bestowed by the government on young scholars, is conferred upon faculty members who are most likely to become academic leaders of the 21st century.

Kevin Zhu
Kevin Zhu

Zhu, who researches the impact of digital technology on businesses, is the first professor in the Paul Merage School of Business to receive the prestigious award. Through Calit2 and the Center for Research on Information Technology (CRITO), Zhu investigates manufacturing, retailing and financial services companies’ use of Internet-based digital infrastructure to transform the way they manage their value chains. He also examines the ways in which those firms’ characteristics and industry structure will affect the impact of technology. Zhu believes information gleaned from his research will help the business community better understand value creation through digital processes, thus enabling them to compete better in a global economy.

Zhu is a member of the Association for Information Systems, the American Economic Association and the Workshop on Information Systems and Economics. In addition to the CAREER award, he has twice won the best paper award from the International Conference on Information Systems, as well as the best paper award from the American Conference on Information Systems. Other awards include UCI’s Faculty Career Development Award, Faculty Research Award, and the Charles and Twyla Martin Excellence in Teaching Award.

The CAREER award carries with it a $377,000 stipend that will support Zhu’s research.