X. Shelly Zhang

X. Shelly Zhang
X. Shelly Zhang
(217) 300-1815
3108 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg

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Education

  • Ph.D., Structural Engineering, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Structural Engineering, Computational Science and Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., Civil Engineering (with honors), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Biography

Dr. Xiaojia Shelly Zhang is a David C. Crawford Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also holds an affiliate appointment at the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. Dr. Zhang holds a B.S. (Honors) degree in Civil Engineering (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), an M.S. degree in Structural Engineering (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign) with Computational Science and Engineering Diploma, and a Ph.D. degree in Structural Engineering (Georgia Tech). She received both the department-level (2018) and institution-level (2019) Best Ph.D. Thesis Awards and a faculty fellowship from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in 2019.

Dr. Zhang serves on the Executive Committee of the International Society of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO) and is a Review Editor for the Journal of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization and a Guest Editor for Extreme Mechanics Letter and Journal of Engineering Structures. She is the recipient of the 2021 National Science Foundation CAREER award, the 2022 ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Journal of Applied Mechanics Award, the 2022 DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Young Faculty Award (YFA), and the 2023 AFOSR (Air Force Office of Scientific Research) Young Investigator (YIP) award.

Her research interests are in the general areas of topology optimization, additive manufacturing, data-driven models, multi-scale materials and structures, 3D/4D printing, and uncertainty quantification. Her research group focuses on exploring multi-physics topology optimization, stochastic and machine learning algorithms, and additive manufacturing to develop multi-functional, sustainable, and innovative civil structures, robots, and metamaterials for applications at different scales, from as large as high-rise buildings to as small as material microstructures. Her research has been supported by NSF, DARPA, AFOSR, and ARO.

Academic Positions

  • David C. Crawford Faculty Scholar, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, 2023 - present
  • Faculty Scholar, Office of Risk Management & Insurance Research (ORMIR), University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, 2022 - 2023
  • Faculty Affiliate (0%), Computational Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, 2020 - present
  • Faculty Fellow (0%), National Center of Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, 2019 - present
  • Faculty Affiliate (0%), Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, 2019 - present
  • Assistant Professor (100%), Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, 2019 - present

Short Courses

  • A Primer on Michell’s Optimality Conditions. Online lecture series collaborating with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). 2021.

Research Statement

Topology optimization is a technique for generating optimal shapes of structures. My research focuses on exploring multi-physics topology optimization, stochastic and data-driven algorithms, and advanced manufacturing to create multi-functional, sustainable, resilient, and optimal civil structures, robots, and soft active materials for applications at different scales, from as large as high-rise buildings to as small as material microstructures.

Research Interests

  • Design optimize, simulate, and fabrication of multifunctional, resilient, and intelligent engineering structures and materials
  • Soft active materials with programmable behaviors
  • Tough and damage-resilient materials and structures
  • Topology optimization informed civil structures innovations
  • Multi-scale lattice design for resilient and lightweight metamaterials and structures
  • Bridging topology optimization and additive manufacturing
  • Robust design optimization under uncertainty through stochastic programming
  • Theoretical and algorithmic development of topology optimization to handle multi-objective and multi-constraints

Research Areas

  • Computation and Applied Math
  • Solid Mechanics and Materials

Selected Articles in Journals

Invited Lectures

  • ASME CONCAM distinguished lecture on computational mechanics: Programmable soft metastructures via multi-material topology optimization
  • Invited keynote lecture: Topology optimization of hyperelastic structures with anisotropic fiber reinforcement under large deformations
  • Invited wecture: Adaptive multi-material topology optimization with hyperelastic materials under large deformations: A virtual element approach
  • Invited panel: An Introduction to Systems Engineering and What it Means to Structural Engineers
  • Invited lecture: Leveraging Materials in Topology Optimization -Design of Composite Materials with Multi-material Topology Optimization with many constraints
  • Invited keynote: "Adaptive multi-material topology optimization with many constraints: A novel approach with material and geometric nonlinearities."
  • Multi-material, multi-constraint, and multi-objective topology optimization: from structural to multidisciplinary engineering
  • Topology Optimization with Multiple Materials, Multiple Constraints, and Multiple Load Cases
  • Topology Optimization with Multiple Materials, Multiple Constraints, and Multiple Load Cases
  • Achieving Structural Innovation and Resilience through Topology Optimization with Many Objectives, Many Constraints, and Many Materials
  • Topology Optimization with Multiple Materials, Multiple Constraints, and Multiple Load Cases
  • Topology Optimization with Multiple Materials, Multiple Constraints, and Multiple Load Cases
  • Topology Optimization with Multiple Materials, Multiple Constraints, and Multiple Load Cases
  • Topology Optimization with Multiple Materials, Multiple Constraints, and Multiple Load Cases
  • A Primer on Michell's Optimality Conditions
  • Topology Optimization with Multiple Materials, Multiple Constraints, and Multiple Load Cases

Journal Editorships

  • Review Editor, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (Flagship journal of Society of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization. Impact factor: 4.542), 2021-present
  • Guest Editor, Journal of Engineering Structures (Impact factor: 4.471) Special Issue: Additively manufactured structures. 2022 - present
  • Early Career Editorial Board Member, Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering (Impact factor: 2.370), 2021-present
  • Guest Editor, Extreme Mechanics Letter (Impact factor: 4.806), 2021-present
  • Editor, ISSMO Newsletter, International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO), 2020-2023

Conferences Organized or Chaired

  • Symposium organizer: "1310 Fast Solution Approaches for Complex Structural Optimization", 15th World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM-XV), July 31-August 5, 2022.
  • Congress Local Organizing Committee Member: 16th U.S. National Congress for Computational Mechanics (USNCCM) of U. S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM), Chicago, IL, 2021
  • Symposium organizer: "Optimization of Materials and Structures, Including Shape and Topology: Direct and Inverse Problems", 16th U.S. National Congress for Computational Mechanics (USNCCM), Chicago, IL, 2021.
  • Organizer: ISSMO (International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization) Women Networking Event series, 14th World Congress of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization. Created and organized a series of public female mentoring and networking workshops to promote diversity and enable a healthy and supportive environment in the STEM fields. Six successful female panelists were invited by PI to share their success stories, career paths, career development advice, and work-life balance during 14th World Congress of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, July 2021.
  • Co-Organizer: TOP Webinar (Topology Optimization Webinar) on Data-driven Approaches in Topology Optimization (DATO), January 26, 2021.
  • Symposium organizer: "Daniel C. Drucker Medal Symposium", 2020 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE), ASME, November 16-19, 2020.
  • Symposium organizer: "New Trends in Topology Optimization", 15th U.S. National Congress for Computational Mechanics (USNCCM), Austin, TX, July 28-August 1, 2019.

Professional Societies

  • Event Officer, Female Researchers Group (FRG) of U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM), 2020-present
  • Vice-Chair, USACM (U. S. Association for Computational Mechanics), Technical Thrust Area (TTA) on Large Scale Structural Systems and Optimal Design, 2021-2023
  • Honor Member, Chi Epsilon – National Civil Engineering Honor Society, 2021-present

Service on University Committees

  • Team lead, UIUC-Carle Health Covid PPE project – led the design team for the N95 mask and face shield PPE project

Teaching Honors

  • UIUC Center for Teaching Excellence List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (Spring 2022)
  • UIUC Center for Teaching Excellence List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (Fall 2021)
  • UIUC Center for Teaching Excellence List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (Spring 2021)
  • UIUC Center for Teaching Excellence List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (Summer 2020)
  • UIUC Center for Teaching Excellence List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (Spring 2020)
  • ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Fellowship (2019)

Research Honors

  • David C. Crawford Faculty Scholar (2023 )
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award Research Program (YIP) Award (2023 )
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young FacultyAward (YFA) (2022 )
  • Journal of Applied Mechanics Award, ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) (2022 )
  • Faculty Scholar, Office of Risk Management & Insurance Research (ORMIR) (2022)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award (2021 )
  • Fellow, National Science Foundation (NSF) CMMI's Game Changer Academies (2021)
  • Elected to be an Honor Member, Chi Epsilon - National Civil Engineering Honor Society (2021)
  • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Faculty Fellowship (2019)
  • Institution-wide Best Ph.D. Thesis of entire Georgia Tech, Sigma Xi Honor Society, Georgia Tech Chapter (2019)
  • Department-wide Best Ph.D. Thesis, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Tech (2018)
  • Third Place in Siemens FutureMakers Challenge, Siemens Corporation (2018)
  • The Most Downloaded Journal Article in Springer (2017)

Recent Courses Taught

  • CEE 470 - Structural Analysis
  • CEE 498 SO3 (CEE 498 SO4, CEE 498 ST3, CEE 498 ST4) - Theory & Creation of Structure
  • CEE 578 - Structural Design Optimization
  • CEE 595 S (CEE 595 SO) - Structural Engr Seminar
  • CEE 598 SDO - Structural Design Optimization

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