Xinzhao Chu is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences. She earned her PhD and BS in physics and electrical engineering at Peking University, Beijing, China. Chu has been at the University of Colorado Boulder since 2005. She became a full professor in 2013. She was a visiting scientist at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany; a research scientist at the University of Illinois and a visiting scientist at Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico.
Chu received a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Award from the National Science Foundation and a Faculty Early Career Development from the NSF. She was recognized by the NSF for a successful season at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica in 2000-01.
Her focus and research areas are remote sensing, earth and space sciences.