Zhang receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

7/22/2022 9:08:12 AM

X. Shelly ZhangAssistant Professor X. Shelly Zhang has been selected for a prestigious Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The award provides funding of $500,000 for two years with the possible extension to $1 million in total. Through this project, Zhang will work to design, fabricate and validate next-generation wireless biomaterials.

“These created biomaterials will be precisely programmed with responses under remote actuation, functioning as wireless robots to accelerate tissue regeneration and injury repair,” Zhang said.

Zhang joined the CEE faculty in 2018. She is also an alumna of CEE at Illinois, having earned her bachelor’s (2012) and master’s (2014) degrees in the department. She is affiliated with the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. She also received a National Science Foundation (NSF)  CAREER award in 2021.

Zhang’s research interests are in the general areas of topology optimization, stochastic programming, machine learning, multi-scale metamaterials, additive manufacturing and 3D/4D printing. She directs the MISSION Laboratory (MultI-functional Structures and Systems desIgn OptimizatioN), which focuses on exploring topology optimization, stochastic programming and additive manufacturing to develop multi-functional, resilient, 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.