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Xuanhe Zhao

Xuanhe Zhao
  • Title Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Email
  • Faculties Sustainable Materials & Infrastructure
  • Address MIT Room 1-310D
  • Telephone 617-324-6367
  • Research Website
  • Assistant Morgan Middlebrook /

For a full pdf of Xuanhe Zhao’s Curriculum Vitae


  • B.E., Tianjin University,2003
  • M.A.Sc., University of British Columbia,2006
  • M.S., Harvard University, 2008
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 2009

Research Interests

Zhao’s current central research goal is:

  • to understand and design soft materials with unprecedented properties
  • to explore extraordinary functions of new soft materials

In order to achieve this goal, Zhao is advancing fundamental knowledge on interfaces between areas including:

  • solid mechanics
  • soft materials
  • bioinspired design

Teaching Interests

Awards and Honors

  • d’Arbeloff Career Development Chair, MIT 07/2014
  • Hunt Faculty Scholar, Duke University 07/2014
  • Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award, Office of Naval Research 04/2014
  • Arthur K. Doolittle Award, ACS Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Division 02/2014
  • 2013 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, National Academy of Engineering 09/2013
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation 12/2012
  • Early Career Researchers Award, AVS Biomaterial Interfaces Division 11/2012
  • Haythornthwaite Research Initiation Award, ASME Applied Mechanics Division 11/2011
  • AAM Founder’s Prize, American Academy of Mechanics 03/2008

Selected Publications