I was born in Chengdu (Sichuan Province), one of the most livable cities in China known for mouth-watering spicy food, peoples's unusual passions in Mahjone and cute Pandas. I moved to Beijing in 2008 for my undergraduate education and obtained my B.S. degree in Materials Science from University of Science and Technology Beijing in 2012. Then I moved to Worcester, a small city in Massachusetts, and obtained M.S. in Materials Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2014. After that, I came to Temple University in Phiadelphia and pursued my PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Jie Yin. My research focuses on developing multi-scale soft machines, mechanics and design of mechanical metamaterials, as well as developing high-work-density artificial muscles. Currently, I am working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart under the supervision of Prof. Metin Sitti. Since June 2021, I will join Tongji University as a full Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Education & Experiences:
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Tongji University 2021- Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems 2019 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2019 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Temple University (Advisor: Prof. Jie Yin, now at NC State) 2018 M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute 2014 B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing 2012
Awards: Haythornthwaite Foundation, 2016 Best paper, Extreme Mechanics Letters, 2017 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Studying Abroad, 2018 Humboldt Fellowship, 2019