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Pu Zhang

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering


Pu Zhang was appointed as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Binghamton University in 2018, where he directs the Composite and Architected Material Group. Before Binghamton, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at University of Manchester in the U.K., earned a PhD (2015) in mechanical engineering at University of Pittsburgh in the U.S., and received BS (2008) and MS (2011) in mechanics from Hunan University in China.

His research focuses on the mechanics and manufacturing of composites and architected materials with tailored micro-structures for exceptional properties. Right now, he is actively working on the manufacturing, characterization, and modeling of novel multifunctional composites and metamaterials, especially those based on liquid metals.

His research employs an integrated theoretical-computational-experimental approach. He has published 30+ refereed articles in mechanics and manufacturing journals, mentored seven PhD and MS students, and held multiple patents or inventions. His research was funded by NSF, IEEC, and industry. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2022.

He has taught five courses of solid mechanics at undergraduate/graduate levels such as Intro to Solid Mechanics, Intro to Finite Element, Elasticity, Plates & Shells, and Mechanics of Composites.

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  • BS, Hunan University
  • MS, Hunan University
  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests

  • Composite and architected material
  • Constitutive modeling
  • Multiscale and multiphysics simulation
  • Additive and hybrid manufacturing

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