Biography

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

Education

May 2014 - Aug. 2018

Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Aug. 2012 - May 2014

Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Computational Science and Engineering Diploma
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Aug. 2008 - May 2012

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (with honors), Minor in Business
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Academic Appointments and Professional Experience

Aug. 2018 - present

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Aug. 2018 - present

Research Assistant
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Jan. 2015 - Aug. 2018

Graduate Research Assistant
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Jan. 2017 - May 2017

Guest Lecturer
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Three lectures in CEE 8813G - Structural Design Optimization

Nov. 2016

Guest Lecturer
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Stanford University
CEE 280 - Advanced Structural Analysis

Nov. 2016

Guest Lecturer
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Stanford University
CEE 307 - Structural Design Optimization

July 2014 - Aug. 2014

Structural Engineering Intern
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), Chicago, IL

Aug. 2014 – Dec. 2014

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
CEE300 - Behavior of Materials, awarded "Teachers ranked as excellent by their students".
CEE201 - Systems Engineering and Economics

Jan. 2014 – May 2014

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
CEE570 - Finite Element Methods

Aug. 2013 – Dec. 2013

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
CEE360 - Structural Engineering

Aug. 2012 - Dec. 2014

Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Aug. 2013 – Dec. 2013

Instructor of the FTOOL Software Workshop
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

June 2013 - July 2013

Topology Optimization Ph.D. Advanced School Participant
Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark

Mar. 2013 – Dec. 2014

Academic Advisor and Mentor for CEE Students
Chinese Engineering Student Association (CESA)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Aug. 2010 – Feb. 2013

Engineering IT Student Consultant
Engineering IT Shared Services
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

May 2011 – Aug. 2011

Structural Engineering Intern
Sunshine 100 Real Estate Group Co., Ltd,Beijing, China

May 2010 – July 2010

Field Construction Engineering Intern
Beijing Huajian Youlian Information Technology Co., Ltd, Beijing, China

Awards and Honors

2017

First Place in 2017 IXL Innovation Olympics Competition

Fall 2014

Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, Center for Teaching Excellence at UIUC

2014

Awardee of the Leadership Certificate Program, Illinois Leadership Center at UIUC

2013

Graduate Teacher Certificate, Center for Teaching Excellence, UIUC

2013

English Proficiency Interview (EPI) Certificate, Center for Teaching Excellence at UIUC

2012

Engineer in Training (EIT), Illinois State, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying

2008 - 2012

James Scholar, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, UIUC

2008 - 2012

Honoree of Dean’s List, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, UIUC

Peer-Refereed Journal Reviewer

2017 - present

Reviewer, Journal of Engineering Mechanics

2017 - present

Reviewer, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications

2017 - present

Reviewer, Mechanics Research Communications

2016 - present

Reviewer, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering

2017 - present

Reviewer, Book Proposal, CRC Press

Professional Affiliations

2016

Stochastic Programming Society (SPS)

2016

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

2015

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

2013

International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO)

2013

American Concrete Institute (ACI)

2013

Society of Women Engineers

2011

Chi Epsilon – National Civil Engineering Honor Society

Leadership and Community Activities

2014

Origami Workshop Organizing Assistant, Link,

2013 - 2014

Co-Founder of the Chinese Engineering Student Association, UIUC

2009

Team Leader, Reaching and Educating America's Chemists of Tomorrow Program, UIUC