Nationality: International Students
Application deadlines: autumn of 2023 or spring of 2024.
Dr. Yue Zheng received his undergraduate degree from Fudan University in 2015 and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 2020. He has conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Southern California and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and will join the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Drexel University as an Assistant Professor in 2023. His research interests include soft materials and metamaterial mechanics, and his research has been published as first author in PRL, PNAS, and JMPS. He was awarded 2022 Rising Stars in Mechanical Engineering, 2020 Distinguished PhD Student Fellowship at UC San Diego, and 2020 National Scholarship for Self-Funded International Students.
Drexel University is a private research university located in Philadelphia on the East Coast of the United States, and is known as one of the “Big Three”. Drexel University is known throughout the United States for its co-operative education, which is a combination of study and internship, and has long-standing relationships with industry, providing students with excellent opportunities for internships and employment. Drexel has been ranked among the “Top 100 American Universities” for five consecutive years, and its College of Engineering was named a National Model College by the National Science Foundation and ranked 52nd in the 2022 USNEWS rankings of American universities. Philadelphia is the 4th largest metropolitan area in the country, connecting New York and Washington, D.C., and is ideally located for living and working. Drexel’s close proximity to the University of Pennsylvania, and its long-standing partnerships with Philadelphia-based technology companies and East Coast schools provide a wealth of academic and entrepreneurial resources.
Zheng’s group plans to conduct a combination of theoretical, computational and experimental research in the field of soft materials and structures, with future research interests including but not limited to
- mechanical analysis and experiments on contact and adhesion of soft materials, and their applications in the field of interaction.
- mechanical characterisation, design and application of various types of intelligent soft materials, soft body robots.
- The study of mechanical properties of biological soft tissues and their morphology and function.
- PhD applications require a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in mechanics, mechanics, materials, polymers or bioengineering, with experience in soft materials theory and experimentation, polymer synthesis or finite element calculations preferred.
- Students interested in this area are welcome to contact us for further information. Please send your CV to [email protected].