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 computational geometry, isogeometric analysis, finite element method, data-driven modeling, image processing, mesh generation, 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 200 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), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES) at Drexel, Solid Modeling Association (SMA) and USACM.

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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

ECCOMAS Congress 2022

Zhang delivers lecture at ECCOMAS

MechE’s Jessica Zhang delivered a semi-plenary lecture at the 8th European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering (ECCOMAS Congress 2022) in Oslo, Norway on June 5-9, 2022. Zhang was also invited to be a mentor in the ECCOMAS Young Investigators Career Forum, during which young researchers have the opportunity to interact in small groups with scientists at different career stages.


Zhang elected to USACM Executive Council

MechE’s Jessica Zhang was elected to the office of Secretary-Treasurer of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM) Executive Council. It is a six-year commitment to be involved as an officer of USACM, the largest association in computational mechanics in the US.

Solid Modeling Association

Zhang named SMA Fellow

MechE’s Jessica Zhang was named a Solid Modeling Association Fellow for her work in areas of solid modeling, which has broad applications in computational biomedicine, materials science and engineering.

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.