Jessica Zhang is the George Tallman Ladd and Florence Barrett Ladd Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She received her B.Eng. in Automotive Engineering and M.Eng. in Engineering Mechanics from Tsinghua University, China, and M.Eng. in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, and Ph.D. in Computational Engineering and Sciences from the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (now Oden Institute), the University of Texas at Austin.

Zhang’s research interests include image processing, computational geometry, mesh generation, finite element method, isogeometric analysis, data-driven simulation, and their applications in computational biomedicine, materials science and engineering. Zhang’s group develops novel algorithms on biomodeling at molecular, cellular, tissue, and organ scales, and explores applications in various application fields. She has published over 180 technical articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

Zhang is the recipient of Simons Visiting Professorship from Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach of Germany, US Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, NSF CAREER Award, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and US Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM) Gallagher Young Investigator Award. At CMU, she received David P. Casasent Outstanding Research Award, George Tallman Ladd and Florence Barrett Ladd Research Professorship, Clarence H. Adamson Career Faculty Fellow in Mechanical Engineering, Donald L. & Rhonda Struminger Faculty Fellow, and George Tallman Ladd Research Award. She is a Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE, 2020), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME, 2019), USACM (2019), and Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE) at Drexel (2017-2018).

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2005 Ph.D., Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, University of Texas, Austin

2002 Master of Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas, Austin

1999 Master of Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University

1996 Bachelor of Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Tsinghua University

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Zhang receives funding for brain research

MechE’s Jessica Zhang received NSF funding for her research on the biomechanics of the brain.

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Zhang receives NSF funding for brain research

Yongjie Jessica Zhang is researching brain biomechanics with funding from the National Science Foundation's Engineering for America's Prosperity, Health, and Infrastructure (LEAP HI) program.


Bettinger, Dahl, and Zhang named AIMBE Fellows

BME/MSE’s Christopher Bettinger, BME/ChemE’s Kris Dahl, and MechE’s Jessica Zhang have been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)’s College of Fellows, Class of 2020. Zhang has also been elected as an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow (2020).

Zhang delivers keynote on neuron material transport simulation

MechE’s Jessica Zhang recently spoke at an INdAM workshop on Geometric Challenges in Isogeometric Analysis in Rome, Italy from January 27 - 31. She presented her latest research on material transport simulation in complex neurite networks using isogeometric analysis and machine learning techniques. This project was initialized by a MechE departmental seed grant and now is being supported by NSF.

Zhang awarded the George Tallman Ladd and Florence Barrett Ladd Research Professorship

MechE’s Jessica Zhang has received the George Tallman Ladd and Florence Barrett Ladd Research Professorship.

Zhang awarded USACM Fellow

MechE’s Jessica Zhang was named a Fellow of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM), an award that recognizes individuals with a distinguished record of research, accomplishment, and publication in areas of computational mechanics and demonstrated support of the USACM through membership and participation in the Association, its meetings, and its activities.

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Zhang awarded Simons Visiting Professorship

MechE’s Jessica Zhang was recently awarded a Simons Visiting Professorship by Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (MFO), Germany. Following this workshop, she visited Department of Mathematics, University of Rome “Tor Vergata” on July 22-23 and delivered a seminar on “Image-Based Mesh Generation and Volumetric Spline Modeling for Isogeometric Analysis with Engineering Applications.”

Zhang speaks at SIAM Conference and IEEE EMBS summer school

MechE’s Jessica Zhang spoke at two events in June 2019 where she discussed her latest research on a practical unstructured spline modeling platform and presented fundamentals of finite element method.

Zhang selected as USACM fellow

MechE’s Jessica Zhang has been selected as a Fellow of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics. Her selection will be announced at the 15th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics, held on July 28 - August 1 in Austin, Texas.

Zhang holds leadership roles in three prestigious research associations

MechE’s Jessica Zhang is playing an important leadership role in three prestigious research associations: the USACM, the IACM, and the SMA.

MechE graduate student earns poster award

Ph.D. student Aishwarya Pawar, advised by Mechanical Engineering Professor Yongjie Jessica Zhang, wins second place in the best poster competition at the IGA 2018: Integrating Design and Analysis conference.

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Zhang and Yao earn MFI award for 4D printing

Jessica Zhang and Lining Yao earn a Manufacturing Futures Initiative (MFI) award to develop fiber-reinforced composite structures through a process called 4D printing.