Additive Manufacturing Researcher Xiayun Zhao Joins Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering

September 05, 2018 | Categories: Member News

PITTSBURGH (September 5, 2018) … The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS) at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering has appointed Xiayun Sharon Zhao as assistant professor. Her expertise builds upon the Swanson School’s significant research in the growing field of additive manufacturing.

“Sharon’s focus on the dynamics and controls associated with additive manufacturing will be a tremendous gain for Pitt and the Swanson School as we continue to expand our expertise in the field,” said Brian Gleeson, the Harry S. Tack Chair Professor and MEMS Department Chair. “She also brings experience in polymers, which will build upon our already strong research in the AM of metallic systems.”

Dr. Zhao’s research focuses on real-time process monitoring, measurement science and control technology for additive manufacturing, as well as on advanced manufacturing (e.g., 3D/4D/Bio/Hybrid Printing) for multi-scale, multi-material and multi-functional structures and systems in novel applications. She received a B.S. in precision engineering from Tsinghua University, and M.S. and PhD in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech. Her PhD dissertation was titled “Real-time Process Measurement and Control for Photopolymer Additive Manufacturing” and her advisor was Dr. David Rosen. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked as an instrumentation and control system engineer at WorleyParsons in Houston.

Dr. Zhao has published in journals including Measurement Science and Technology, Rapid Prototyping, and Additive Manufacturing, and received the “Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research” award from the American Chemical Society (ACS). She has given over ten invited talks in academia and a dozen of presentations at conferences across disciplines of manufacturing, controls and chemistry.


Courtesy of Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh