Yongjie 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 (ICES), the University of Texas at Austin.

Zhang’s research interests include computational geometry, mesh generation, computer graphics, visualization, finite element method, isogeometric analysis, and their application in computational biomedicine and engineering. Researchers in Zhang’s group develop novel algorithms on biomodeling at molecular, cellular, tissue, and organ scales, and explore applications in various application fields.

Zhang has co-authored over 170 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and conference proceedings. She is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the NSF CAREER Award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the US Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM) Gallagher Young Investigator Award, the Clarence H. Adamson Career Faculty Fellow in Mechanical Engineering, the George Tallman Ladd Research Award, and the Donald L. & Rhonda Struminger Faculty Fellow. She is also a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME, 2020), American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE, 2020), 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 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.

Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach

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.

CMU Engineering

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.

CMU Engineering

Mapping the brain’s traffic

Engineering Professors Ge Yang and Jessica Zhang are using complex geometric analysis to learn about neuron function and unlock the mysteries of the human brain.

Solid and Physical Modeling

Zhang and colleagues receive Best Paper award

MechE’s Jessica Zhang and her collaborators Zhonggui Chen and Juan Cao received a Best Paper award at the 2018 Solid and Physical Modeling conference.

Zhang to speak at 13th World Conference in Computational Mechanics

MechE's Jessica Zhang has been chosen to give a semi-plenary talk at the 13th World Conference in Computational Mechanics (WCCM2018), and the keynote speech at the 3rd Conference on Isogeometric Analysis and Applications, and is also serving on the steering committee for IGA2018: Integrating Design and Analysis.

CMU Engineering

Zhang selected to 2017-2018 ELATE at Drexel fellowship

Mechanical Engineering Professor Yongjie Jessica Zhang has been accepted to participate in the 2017-2018 Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE at Drexel) Program.