About

Professor Shelly Zhang is an Assistant Professor at both the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the Mechanical and Science Engineering Department in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also a Faculy Fellow at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

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Welcome! Our research group focuses on exploring

topology optimization
– stochastic programming
– machine learning
– additive manufacturing


to develop resilient, smart, sustainable, and innovative engineering infrastructure and materials for applications at different scales, from as large as high-rise buildings to as small as material microstructures.

Recent News

(May 2019) Prof. Zhang has been named Faculty Fellow by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) with fellowship funding. This project will explore design optimization of next-generation, patient-specific implant scaffold at scale. News.


(March 2019) Prof. Zhang wins the institutional-wide Best Ph.D. Thesis award at Georgia Tech from the Sigma Xi science and engineering honor society. News.


(March 2019) Prof. Zhang receives 2019 ASCE ExCEEd Faculty Fellowship. The award is given to faculty who commits to improving CEE education and includes a fellowship to attend an annual teaching workshop hosted by ASCE.