Justin Zhan (Computer Science) is the winner of this year's College Distinguished Researcher Award. The selection is based on the review of the applicants by faculty in other institutions. The focus of Zhan's research is the general area of big data analytics, precision medicine, health care informatics, biomedical computing, information privacy and security, network science, and social computing. Most of his research is funded by agencies such as the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and the state of Nevada. This research is likely to have significant impact both on research and education in the area of big data analytics, health care informatics, etc. His research has resulted in $6 million dollars of funding as principal investigator and co-principal investigator in last five years.