Ph.D. position opening

We are currently seeking self-motivated, creative, and hard-working students to join the research group. The student will be working in the areas of topology optimization, computational mechanics, data-driven modeling, inverse design, and 3D/4D printing. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience and a strong background in topology optimization, mechanics, finite element method, high-performance computing, machine learning methods, uncertainty quantification, 3D printing. This RA position will be filled in Fall 2020.

To apply, please contact Prof. Zhang ( with your CV and course transcripts. We strongly encourage qualified candidates to apply for graduate studies at CEE Illinois. Please indicate your interest in working with Prof. Xiaojia Shelly Zhang when you apply to our programs. The CEE department accepts applications for both fall (deadline January 1) and spring (deadline September 1) admissions. You may find application instruction to our graduate program HERE.


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

(Sep 2019) Prof. Zhang delivered an invited lecture at Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering at University of Minnesota.

(July 2019) Prof. Zhang delivered a keynote lecture at 15th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics.

(May 2019) Prof. Zhang delivered an invited lecture at Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science at Peking University.

(May 2019) Prof. Zhang delivered an invited lecture at School of Civil Engineering at Tsinghua University.

(May 2019) Prof. Zhang delivered an invited lecture in Institute of Engineering Mechanics and Institute of Structural Engineering at Dalian University of Technology.

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