X. Shelly Zhang

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3108 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg

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Education

  • Ph.D., Structural Engineering, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018
  • M.S., Structural Engineering, Computational Science and Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014
  • B.S., Civil Engineering (with honors), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012

Biography

Dr. Xiaojia Shelly Zhang is an 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, 2012), M.S. degree in Structural Engineering (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2014) with Computational Science and Engineering Diploma, and Ph.D. degree in Structural Engineering (Georgia Tech, 2018). She received the faculty fellowship from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in 2019, and both the department-level (2018) and institution-level (2019) Best Ph.D. Thesis Awards. Dr. Zhang receives the NSF CAREER award in 2021.

Her research interests are in the general areas of topology optimization, stochastic programming, machine learning, multi-scale metamaterials, 3D/4D printing, and uncertainty quantification. Her research group focuses on exploring topology optimization, stochastic programming, and additive manufacturing to develop multi-functional. resilient, sustainable, and innovative engineering infrastructure and materials for applications at different scales, from as large as high-rise buildings to as small as material microstructures.

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor (100%), Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, 2019 - 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

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, additive manufacturing, stochastic programming, machine learning to create multifunctional, resilient, sustainable, and innovative engineering structures and materials for applications at different scales, from as large as high-rise buildings to as small as material microstructures.

Research Interests

  • Theoretical and algorithmic development of topology optimization to handle multi-objective and multi-constraints
  • Robust design optimization under uncertainty through stochastic programming
  • Bridging topology optimization and additive manufacturing
  • Topology optimization informed civil structures innovations
  • Multi-scale lattice design for resilient and lightweight metamaterials and structures
  • Design, simulate, and realization of multi-functional, resilient, and intelligent engineering structures and materials

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Invited: X. S. Zhang. “Leveraging Materials in Topology Optimization” 2020 TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society) Congress, San Diego, CA, 2020.
  • X. S. Zhang, W. Li, Y. Ouyang. “Pedestrian Guideway Design under Continuous Traffic Equilibrium: A Topology Optimization Approach.” 99th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington DC, 2020.
  • X. S. Zhang, H. Chi, G. H. Paulino. “Adaptive Multi-Material Topology Optimization with Material and Geometric Nonlinearities.” Society of Engineering Science, St. Louis, MO, 2019.
  • X. S. Zhang, H. Chi, G. H. Paulino. “Adaptive multi-material topology optimization with material and geometric nonlinearities.” ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, LA, 2019.
  • X. S. Zhang, E. de Sturler, G. H. Paulino. “Stochastic Methods for Topology Optimization with Many Load Cases.” ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, LA, 2019.
  • X. S. Zhang, H. Chi, G. H. Paulino. “Virtual elements-based multi-material topology optimization with material and geometric nonlinearities.” 13th World Congress of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Beijing, China, 2019.
  • X. S. Zhang, E. de Sturler, G.H. Paulino. “Stochastic Methods for Topology Optimization with Many Load Cases.” Sandia National Laboratories Topology Optimization Roundtable, Albuquerque, NM, March 2019.
  • X. S. Zhang, A. Ramos Jr., G. H. Paulino. “Multi-Material Topology Optimization with Multiple Constraints: A General Approach with Material Nonlinearity.” Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference 2018, M.I.T., Cambridge, MA, May 2018.
  • X. S. Zhang, E. de Sturler, G. H. Paulino. “A Randomized Approach Based on Stochastic Sampling for Deterministic Topology Optimization with Many Right-Hand Sides.” 10th World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Brunswig, Germany, June 2017.

Invited Lectures

  • Design of Composite Materials with 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
  • Invited keynote: "Adaptive multi-material topology optimization with many constraints: A novel approach with material and geometric nonlinearities."
  • 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
  • A Primer on Michell's Optimality Conditions
  • 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
  • Topology Optimization with Multiple Materials, Multiple Constraints, and Multiple Load Cases
  • Stochastic Sampling for Deterministic Structural Topology Optimization with Many Load Cases: Density-Based and Ground Structure Approaches
  • Topology Optimization for Hyperelastic Trusses Using a Discrete Filtering Tool
  • Efficient Topology Optimization Under Many Load Cases Based on Stochastic Sampling
  • Stochastic Sampling for Structural Topology Optimization with Many Load Cases
  • Topology Optimization of Structures and Materials
  • Stochastic Sampling for Structural Topology Optimization with Many Load Cases

Journal Editorships

  • Guest Editor, Extreme Mechanics Letter (Impact factor: 4.806), 2021-present
  • Editor, ISSMO Newsletter, International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO), 2020-present

Conferences Organized or Chaired

  • 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, July 2021.
  • Organizer: TOP Webinar (Topology Optimization Webinar) on Data-driven Approaches in Topology Optimization (DATO), January 26, 2021.
  • Local Organizer: 16th U.S. National Congress for Computational Mechanics (USNCCM), Chicago, IL, 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

  • Vice-chair, USACM (U. S. Association for Computational Mechanics), Technical Thrust Area (TTA) on Large Scale Structural Systems and Optimal Design
  • Early Career Researcher Committee Member: International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO).
  • Event Organizing Officer: Female Research Group (FRG) of USACM
  • Technical Committee Member: Computational Mechanics of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI of ASCE).
  • Fellow, ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd), 2019
  • Member, Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of ASCE, 2015-present
  • Member, Sigma Xi – Scientific Research Honor Society, 2019-present
  • Member, U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM), 2019-present
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2019-present
  • Member, Chi Epsilon – National Civil Engineering Honor Society, 2011-present
  • Member, Society of Women Engineers, National Member, 2013-present
  • Member, International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO), 2013-present
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2015-present
  • Member, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), 2016-present
  • Member, Stochastic Programming Society (SPS), 2016-present

Service on College Committees

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

Service to Federal and State Government

  • Panel Fellow of NSF CMMI’s Game Changer Academies for Advancing Research Innovation, 2021

Other Outside Service

  • Book reviewer: CRC Press
  • Mechanics Research Communications
  • Mathematical Reviews/MathSciNe
  • Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications
  • Advances in Structural Engineering
  • Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance
  • AIAA Journal - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics
  • Journal of Technology | Architecture + Design
  • Proceeding of the Royal Society A
  • Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
  • ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering
  • Journal of Aerospace Engineering
  • Journal of Ocean Engineering
  • Meccanica (MECC)
  • International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
  • ASME Journal of Mechanical Design
  • ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics
  • Journal of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization

Honors

  • NSF CMMI’s Game Changer Academies (2021)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award (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)
  • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Faculty Fellow (2019)
  • Best Ph.D. Thesis of entire Georgia Tech, Sigma Xi Honor Society, Georgia Tech Chapter (2019)
  • ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Fellowship (2019)
  • Best Ph.D. Thesis, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Tech (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 595 S (CEE 595 SO) - Structural Engr Seminar
  • CEE 598 SDO - Structural Design Optimization

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