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Dr. Yong Zhu has made outstanding contributions in the fields of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and stretchable electronics. He is a pioneer in developing MEMS-based testing platforms for mechanical testing of nanomaterials. His seminal work published in PNAS has inspired worldwide interests in this area. In the field of stretchable electronics, he creatively develop high-performance stretchable devices using bottom-up synthesized nanomaterials. He and his students are currently working on applications of stretchable electronics (e.g. for healthcare and robotics). His research has been reported by numerous media such as National Nanotechnology Initiative, IEEE Spectrum, Small Times, Materials Today, and Washington Post. He has three pending patents in this area.
Dr. Zhu is active with IEEE. In addition to publishing in IEEE journals (e.g. IEEE Sensors, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, Journal of MEMS and Proceedings of IEEE), he regularly participates in IEEE conferences (e.g. EMBC, Sensors, NEMS, and MNMC), and serves as reviewers for IEEE journals and for IEEE-related funding programs, e.g. NSF Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems. He has been invited to deliver numerous talks on stretchable and wearable electronics to companies like Microsoft and Medtronic and international conferences or symposia. Dr. Zhu is also active with other professional societies such as ASME, MRS and Society of Experimental Mechanics. For example, as an elected ASME Fellow, he has served ASME in many capacities (e.g. Executive Committee member of the Materials Division and Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Mechanics).