Yi Zeng


Department of Mathematics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Address: 305 N. Lincoln Ave.-Apt. # 208, Urbana, IL 61801

Phone: (217)-898-4306  Email: yizeng2@illinois.edu


About me

I am a senior student in the department of Mathematics at UIUC. I expect to graduate in June 2011 with a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics. Before I come to Champaign, I studied chemistry at Peking University.

My hometown is Shenzhen, the youngest and forth biggest city in mainland China. It is in the south of China and just a little bit north to Hongkong.

I like collecting coins and listening to both classical music and “pop” songs. My favorite American singer is Willie Nelson. (I know it is weird, haha!)



       09/2008-present   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL     

       Undergraduate Study with Major in Mathematics.

09/2006-06/2008  Peking University, Beijing, China                          

       Undergraduate Study with Major in Chemistry.


Research Interest

       My current research interest is applied mathematics, especially in modeling and simulating the real world problems with mathematical tools. Currently I am working on the stochastic neural network with Prof. Lee DeVille.

       Previously, I also worked on some chemistry projects mainly in the methodology research in organometallic catalytic reaction.



1. Model and Optimization of Organic Photovoltaic Cells, with Amelia McNamara and Jordan Seering, IMA preprint.

2. Au-catalyzed isomerization of cyclopropenes: a novel approach to indene derivative, with Changkun Li and Jianbo Wang. Tetrahedron Letter, 50 (2009), 2956-2959.


Awards and Honors

       07/2006  Gold Medal in the 38th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)

09/2006 & 09/2007  Ming De Scholarship                                                             

06/2009-present   Honor Student on Dean’s List                           

11/2009  Member of Pi Mu Epsilon honor society                       

03/2010  Elizabeth R. Bennett Scholarship in Mathematics