Peter Xinya Zhang



Assoc. Prof. (Tenured),
Dept. of Audio Arts & Acoustics
Columbia College Chicago

Dir. of China Initiative (2012-2016),
Columbia College Chicago

Visiting Professor:

Peking Univ., Tongji Univ.,
Shihezi Univ., Hefei Univ. of Tech.,
Guizhou Univ., Jianghan Univ.


National Institute of Cultural Development, China

International Research Center for Jingju (Peking Opera) Heritage

Organization Service:

President, Society of Chinese American Professors and Scientists (SoCAPS)

Wuhan Investment Promotion Ambassador

Vice President, Chicago Huaxing Arts Group

Council Member, Sichuan Overseas Exchange Association

Council Member, Chinese American Association of Greater Chicago

President (2012-2013), Peking Univ. Alumni Association of Midwest U.S.

Chair (2010-2013), Chicago Chapter, Acoustical Society of America


Acoustical Society of America

Audio Engineering Society CEO



Ph.D., Michigan State University

B.S., Peking University

Major: Acoustics/Physics




Cell phone: +1-312-316-0981

Office tel.:  +1-312-369-8810

Office Mailing Address: 
          600 S. Michigan Avenue
          Chicago, IL 60605, USA

Research interests

Psychoacoustics, Architectural acoustics, Virtual reality, 3D- sound simulation, Binaural hearing, Media arts, Recording, Singing Voice


Chinese traditional performing arts (traditional operas, music, dance, singing, comedy, etc.)

Cultural and creative industry


Welcome to Peter Xinya Zhang’s Webpage!

Dr. Peter Xinya Zhang is a tenured Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago, Department of Audio Arts and Acoustics, teaching in the acoustics program and across the department. His research interests include psychoacoustics (binaural and spatial hearing, 3D sound simulation, and virtual reality), auditory physiology, singing voice, acoustics and its applications in media arts, as well as cultural and creative industry and Chinese traditional performing arts. He has published on top journals, such as Journal of Acoustical Society of America and Hearing Research, and has been the author of the psychoacoustics chapter since 2008 in “Handbook for Sound Engineers”, an industry-standard handbook internationally. He is member of the Acoustical Society of America, and member of the Audio Engineering Society. He served as Chair of the Chicago Chapter, Acoustical Society of America from 2010 to 2013.

Dr. Zhang served as Director of China Initiative for the college from 2012 to 2016. He established partnerships with top-tier institutions in China, which significantly increased the college’s international enrollments, andcreated international collaborative research opportunities for faculty and students. He serves on China’s national platforms and collaborates with internationally distinguished artists on acoustical improvements. He is President of the Society of Chinese American Professors and Scientists.

Dr. Zhang has appeared on stage and TV, as tenor on western opera and Peking opera, and as MC of performance galas. He gives lectures on Chinese traditional performing arts at Peking University to students across the world. Dr. Zhang has been promoting the cultural exchange between the United States and China, and he currently serves as Vice President of the Chicago Huaxing Arts Group.

Dr. Zhang received Bachelor of Science in physics from Peking University, China, and received Ph.D. in physics, majoring in psychoacoustics, from Michigan State University, U.S.A.