Ding Ding Zheng has spent her career focusing on educational equity, student success, effective communication, and grant management. As the project coordinator for the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) grant project, Citizen-Centered Smart Cities and Smart Living, housed within the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC) in the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, she works with graduate students from various backgrounds, especially underrepresented minority students, female students, and students with disabilities.
Ding Ding also serves as a Research Analyst on the Strategic Intelligence team within Knowledge Enterprise's Research Development office, which works with ASU research faculty, staff, and leaders to improve funding success and grow the research enterprise. Together with her SI colleagues, Ding Ding provides actionable insights and forward-looking intelligence to inform leadership decisions and proposal strategy.
Ding Ding previously served as the coordinator for the TRIO Student Support Services grant program at ASU Polytechnic, and worked with first-generation college students, low-income students, and students with disabilities. Before that, she worked as an academic advisor in the College of Technology and Innovation (which has since merged with Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering) helping students succeed and graduate.
From 2014 to 2017, Ding Ding served as the Public Relations Chair for the Arizona Chapter of WESTOP. In this role, she researched and collected annual performance report data from each of the TRIO projects within the state of Arizona. This data, together with information from various state and federal reports, then had to be analyzed and compiled into an annual, informational Fact Book and Fact Sheet. These two documents were, in turn, used each year by representatives of the AZ TRIO projects when they traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress for continued support of and funding for TRIO programs nationwide.
Ding Ding is a “triple devil,” having received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English Literature and Japanese Language, as well as her Master of Arts degree in English (Comparative Literature), from Arizona State University.
Master of Arts in English - Comparative Literature, May 2013. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University. Master’s Thesis: Redressing Immigration: Folklore, Cross-Dressing, and Un/Documented Immigration in Sui Sin Far's Mrs. Spring Fragrance and Karen Tei Yamashita's Tropic of Orange.
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, May 2008. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University.
Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language, May 2008. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University.