News


(June 2021) Prof. Zhang is organizing a series of ISSMO (International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization) virtual female networking events, where 6 panelists sharing their success stories, career paths, career development advice, and work-life balance during WCSMO14 (14th World Congress of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization). Sign up HERE.


(June 2021) Our paper “Additive manufacturing of topology-optimized graded porous structures: An experimental study” is published in JOM (Z. Zhao and X. S. Zhang).(Link)


(June 2021) Our paper “Design of composite structures with programmable elastic responses under finite deformations” is published in Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids (W. Li, F. Wang, O. Sigmund, and X. S. Zhang).(Link)


(January 2021) The 9th (thematic) TOP Webinar (Topology Optimization Webinar) on "Data-driven Approaches in Topology Optimization (DATO)" is hosted by Prof. Wei Chen (Northwestern University) and Prof. Shelly Zhang on January 26, 2021. See the Program and Webinar Recording.


(January 2021) Prof. Zhang receives the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. This new project entitled "CAREER: Programming Multi-functional Responses into Civil Structures via Topology Optimization," will explore multi-material and multi-physics topology optimization to create and enable civil structures with a variety of unique and tunable multi-functionalities. See CEE news.


(December 2020) Our paper “Graded porous structure design via a multi-material topology optimization approach” is accepted in Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (Z. Zhao and X. S. Zhang).



(October 2020) Our paper “Topology optimization of fiber-reinforced hyperelastic structures under large deformations” is accepted in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering (X. S. Zhang, H. Chi, and Z. Zhao).



(October 2020) Prof. Zhang serves as the editor of the inaugural newsletter of International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO). See Newsletter.



(September 2020) Prof. Zhang was selected to the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent in Summer 2020.



(July 2020) Our paper “Paved guideway topology optimization for pedestrian traffic under Nash equilibrium” is accepted in Journal of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (X. S. Zhang, W. Li, and Y. Ouyang). (Link)



(May 2020) Prof. Zhang serves on the Early Career Special Committee of the International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO).



(May 2020) Prof. Zhang serves as the Event Officier in Female Researchers Group (FRG) of U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM).



(May 2020) Prof. Zhang was selected to the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent in Spring 2020.



(May 2020) Prof. Zhang serves on the Organizing Committee of 16th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics (USNCCM) to be held on July 25-29, 2021.



(March 2020) Our group works on the UIUC-Carle Health Covid PPE project and led the design team for the N95 mask and face shield. See College news, CEE news, and media coverage.



(March 2020) Our lab works on a new project on guideway optimization considering pedestrians’ behavior for Quad Day Traffic Management at UIUC. See CEE news article.



(Feburary 2020) Prof. Zhang teams up with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) to use topology optimization to design novel openings for lightweight beams for Campus Instructional Facility project at UIUC. See here for details.



(February 2020) Prof. Zhang delivered an invited seminar at the symposium “Leveraging Materials in Topology Optimization” at 2020 TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society) Congress, San Diego, CA, 2020.



(Feburary 2020) Our paper “Topology optimization with many right-hand sides using mirror descent stochastic approximation—reduction from many to a single sample” is published in Journal of Applied Mechanics (X. S. Zhang, E. de Sturler, and A. Shapiro). (Link)



(Feburary 2020) Our paper “Adaptive multi-material topology optimization with hyperelastic materials under large deformations: A virtual element approach” is published in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering (X. S. Zhang, H. Chi, and G. H. Paulino). (Link)



(Feburary 2020) Our paper “Efficient multi-material continuum topology optimization considering hyperelasticity: achieving local feature control through regional constraints” is published in Mechanics Research Communications (X. S. Zhang and H. Chi). (Link)



(September 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.



(April 2019) Prof. Zhang delivered an invited lecture at School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech.



(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.


(September 2019) Prof. Zhang was invited to attend roundtable at the Sandia National Lab.



(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.



(January 2019) Prof. Zhang has started at the CEE Department at the University of Illinois as an Assistant Professor. She is pursuing the research on design optimization and additive manufacturing and is accepting applications for her research group.



(December 2018) Dr. Zhang was selected for the 2018 Best PhD Thesis Award by the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech.



(September 2018) Dr. Zhang joins the CEE Department at the University of Illinois as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. She will be teaching Structural Analysis (CEE 470) in Spring 2019.



(April 2018) Shelly will join the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign as an Assistant Professor in January 2019.