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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Computational Bio-Modeling Lab

Using Computational Design to Improve Modeling

Image Modeling for Biomedical Organs


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

Media mentions

Mechanical Engineering

Using deep learning to research material transport in the brain

Understanding the causes of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, Huntington's, and Parkinson's will require the meticulous investigation into the complex, branch-like neurite networks of the brain. Machine learning can be an efficient, highly accurate part of this process.


Zhang delivers keynote at ICCS

MechE’s Jessica Zhang was invited to deliver a virtual keynote lecture in The International Conference on Computational Science on June 16, 2021.

Engineering with Computers

Zhang named editor-in-chief of Engineering with Computers

MechE’s Jessica Zhang was named editor-in-chief of Engineering with Computers, an international journal for simulation-based engineering.


Zhang named GirlUp competition judge

MechE’s Jessica Zhang was invited to be a judge for Girls International Three Minute Science Competition supported by GirlUp.

Mechanical Engineering

Tucker and Zhang earn professorships

Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering awarded professorships to Conrad Tucker and Jessica Zhang in recognition of their outstanding contributions. 

Engineering faculty awarded professorships

The College of Engineering recently awarded and virtually celebrated several professorships. MechE’s Conrad Tucker was awarded the Arthur Hamerschlag Career Development Professorship in Mechanical Engineering. MechE’s Jessica Zhang was awarded the George Tallman Ladd and Florence Barrett Ladd Research Professorship in Mechanical Engineering. ECE’s Brandon Lucia was awarded the Sathaye Family Foundation Career Development Professorship. ECE’s Anthony Rowe was awarded the Siewiorek and Walker Family Professorship.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Zhang gives talk at ASME convention

MechE’s Jessica Zhang delivered an invited talk as part of the ASME Committee on Computing and Applied Mechanics (CONCAM) Distinguished Lectures on Computational Mechanics at the ASME IMECE 2020 conference.

The Japan Prize Foundation

Zhang named Japan Prize nominator

MechE’s Jessica Zhang was recently invited by the Japan Prize Foundation to become the Official Nominator for the prestigious “Japan Prize."

Mechanical Engineering

Zhang receives funding for brain research

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

Mechanical Engineering

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.