You (Neil) Zhang  张优 bio photo


About my name

My first name, “You (优)”, means Excellent in Mandarin Chinese. Its pronunciation may cause misunderstanding in English when people refer to me, especially in a group discussion. Hence, I choose to go by “Neil”, and this name originates from an Irish word meaning Champion. I think this nickname aligns with the idea of my given name.

Besides research

During my last summer internship at Seattle, I learned and enjoyed stand-up paddling quite much. My stand-up paddling

My favorite movies are Real Steel and Begin Again.

I also love traveling all around the world, especially to places with friends living.