About Shelly

Dr. Shelly Zhang obtained her doctoral degree in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. My research interests are in multi-material and nonlinear topology optimization, stochastic approximation, uncertainty quantification, multi-scale metamaterials, computational mechanics, and 3D/4D printing. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in structural engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her doctoral studies, she was a summer structural engineer in the Chicago office of the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM), where she applied some of her research to unique building design projects.

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(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. She will pursue the research on topology optimization and additive manufacturing and is accepting applications for her research group.
(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.

Research Interests

Design of engineering structures and material systems

Multi-material topology optimization frameworks with material and geometric nonlinearities

Efficient design-variable update algorithms that handle many constraints/sources

Nonlinear topology optimization with discrete filtering and reduced-order modeling

Stochastic approximation for topology optimization under many sources

Additive manufacturing and topology optimization