Katherine Yanhang Zhang is a Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Boston Univerity.
She received her Ph.D. (2003) and M.S. (2001) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the B.S. (1998) in Engineering Mechanics from Tsinghua University.
Her research focuses on understanding the mechanical behavior of soft biological tissues and composites at multi-scale using both experimental techniques and advanced computational modeling.
Her research integrates the knowledge in biology, nonlinear solid mechanics, and finite element modeling, especially of complex materials and constitutive behavior. She believes that the interplay between fundamental analysis and clinical application will provide the greatest gains.
Through her research, She hopes to provide insights on understanding the relationship between microscopic biological processes and changes in macroscopic tissue mechanics due to diseases, and help the development of diagnostic, therapeutic, and pharmaceutical techniques.
Her research interest also lies in the mechanical characterization of MEMS and NEMS structures.
Professor Zhang's website has been moved. Because the Java Script function is not enabled in your browser, please click the following link to reach Professor Zhang's new web site.
Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
2003 Ph. D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
2000 M. S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
1998 B. Eng., Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, China
1998 B. Eco., Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, China
2007- Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
2006- Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Boston University
2004-2005 Research Associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder,
1999-2003 Research Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder,
1998, 2002 Teaching Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
2007 Young Faculty Award, DARPA/MTO
2006 Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professorship
2003 Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder
2002 First place, Best Student Paper Award, SPIE's 9th International Symposium on Smart Structures and Materials, San Diego, CA, March 2002.
2002 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
2002 Graduate Fellowship Award for Research Excellence, University of Colorado at Boulder
1996-97 Outstanding Student Fellowship, Tsinghua University
1995 Takada-Tsinghua Fellowship, Tsinghua University
1994 Cai Minxue Fellowship, Tsinghua University
Mechanical behavior of soft biological tissues
Multi-scale modeling of biological composites
Micro- and Nano-mechanics of thin film and thin film coatings
Finite Element Analysis
Cardiovascular Solid Mechanics
Constitutive modeling of Materials
Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
Mechanics of Thin Films