Lei Zuo, Ph.D, ASME Fellow.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, John R. Jones III Faculty Fellow
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (by courtesy)
Director, Energy Harvesting and Mechatronics Research Lab
Director, NSF ICURC Center for Energy Harvesting Material and Systems (CEHMS)
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech
CV, LEI ZUO, 12_2017


Research Interests:

Energy Harvesting, Mechatronic System Design, Clean Energy Manufacturing, Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy, Vibration and Control, Vehicle Dynamics, Smart Materials and Structures, Thermoelectric Materials, Advanced Sensors


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 02/2005

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 02/2002

M.S., Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 02/2002

B.S., Automotive Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 07/1997

Awards and Honors:

ASME Leonardo Da Vinci Award, 08/2017 (For “eminent achievement in the design or invention of a product which is universally recognized as an important advance in machine design”)

ASME Fellow, selected in 2016

2015 R&D 100 Award by R&D Magazine, for the 100 most significant technology innovations of the year around the word, on “Ocean Wave Energy Harvester” (06/2011); Specially recognized as the Bronze Winner of the “R&D 100 Green Technology Special Recognition Award” (11/2015)

2015 ASME Thar Energy Design Award, for “pioneering research in energy engineering, especially at large energy scale”, Aug 2015

2014 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, SAE International, “in reorganization of significant contributions to teaching, research, and student development”, April 2014

2014 EPA P3 Award, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), April 2014

2014 ASME Best Paper Award in Structures and Structural Dynamics, 2014

Winner of Best Technology Development of Energy Harvesting (2015, 2014, 2010), Best Application of Energy Harvesting Energy (2012), by Energy Harvesting & Storage USA conferences

2011 R&D 100 Award by R&D Magazine, for the 100 most significant technology innovations of the year around the world on “Energy Harvesting Shock Absorber” (07/2011); Finalist of 2015 R&D100 Award (final awards will be selected from the finalists and be announced in 11/2015)

Research Highlights at ASME Mechanical Engineering Magazine, MIT Technology Review, New York Times, Discovery News, PhysOrg, Newsday, ASME Mechanical Engineering Magazine, TV 10/55, WDBJ7, etc in 2010-2016hHelloHello


200+ research papers (83 in journals) including 3 best paper awards, 2 best student paper awards, 5 granted US patents. 2800+ citations, h-index 28, i10-index 51 (Google Scholar)

Professional Services:

Technical Editor, IEEE-ASME Transactions on Mechatronics

Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics

Associate Editor, IFAC journal Mechatronics

Technical Committee: ASME Energy Harvesting, Mechatronics, Vehicle Design, Vibration and Sound, SPIE Smart Materials and Structure

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