Zhibo Chen was born in Shanghai and received his pre-college education there. After high school he could not enter college and so he went to Xinjiang, remote from his hometown, working in the Xinjiang Electric Power Installation Company for 11 years until he was admitted to Xinjiang University through the first Entrance Examination for Universities\Colleges of China (in 1977) after the so called Cultural Revolution was ended. After earning a B.S. in mathematics from Xinjiang University, he stayed there to teach mathematics. At the same time he began his study and research in graph theory under guidance of Professor Fuji Zhang. In 1986 he came to the United States as a graduate student in the Department of Mathematics/Statistics of the University of Pittsburgh. He earned a Ph.D. degree in mathematics under supervision of Professor C. Y. Chao in 1991. Since August 1991 he has been teaching mathematics in the Greater Allegheny Campus of Penn State University. His research interests are mainly in discrete mathematics including polynomial functions, and many topics of graphs and digraphs such as structure, connectivity, coloring, integral sum labeling, perfect matchings, spectra, spanning trees, as well as their applications in chemistry. He was one of the guest editors of a special issue of MATCH Commun. Math. Comput. Chem. 56 (2006) (dedicated to Professor Fuji Zhang).
Biography Updated on 21 June 2011