Novel energy absorption and harvesting materials, advanced materials addressing challenges in energy and environment, morphogenesis, mechanobiology, nano and micromechanics, mechanical self-assembly, nanoindentation, thin films and small material structures, multi-phase and multi-scale computational mechanics.
Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University, July 2009-present.
Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, January 2007- June 2009.
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, July 2003- December 2006.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard University, May 2001- June 2003 (Advisor: Professor John W. Hutchinson).
Ph.D., Solid Mechanics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, May 2001. Advisor: Professor John W. Hutchinson. Thesis Title: Foreign Object Damage and Fatigue Cracking.
S.M. , Engineering Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, May 1998 (Advisors: Professors John W. Hutchinson and Anthony G. Evans).
M.E. , Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, P. R. China, June 1997 (Advisor: Professor Keh-Chih Hwang).
B.E. , Special Class of Gifted Youth and Engineering Mechanics, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, P. R. China, June 1994.
Awards and Honors
Thomas J. R. Hughes Young Investigator Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2012.
Participant of Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, National Academy of Engineering, 2012.
Member, Faculty of 1000, Macromolecular Chemistry Section, 2012.
Distinguished Collaborator Fellowship, Murdoch University, Australia, 2012.
JSPS Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan, 2012.
Young Investigator Medal, Society of Engineering Science (SES), 2011.
Best Outstanding Achievement Award, Hanyang University, Korea, 2011.
Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2010.
Changjiang Chair Scholar Award, Ministry of Education of China, 2010.
Outstanding Oversea Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation of China, 2009.
World Class University Scholar Award, National Research Foundation of Korea, 2009.
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), nominated by NSF, awarded by President George W. Bush in White House in December 2008.
NSF CAREER Award, March 2007.
NSF Summer Institute Fellowship in nanomechanics, August 2006.
Member, American Academy of Mechanics (AAM).
Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Member, Materials Research Society (MRS).
Deputy Director, International Center for Applied Mechanics.
Executive Committee, NanoCouncil, ASME.
Co-Chair, ASME NEES Steering Committee, , ASME.
Co-Chair, Technical Committee, Nanomaterials for Energy, Materials Division, ASME.
Editor, iMechanica Journal Club.
Associate Editor, Mechanics Research Communications.
Associate Editor, Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics.
Associate Editor, Journal of Surfaces and Interfaces in Materials.
Editorial Board, Chinese Journal of Applied Mechanics.
Editorial Board, International Journal of Applied Mechanics.
Editorial Board, Open Mechanics Journal.