Cheryl Xu

Associate Professor

Dr. Chengying “Cheryl” Xu’s research focuses on high temperature sensing materials, smart ceramic composites, and artificial intelligence for process modeling. Dr. Xu is active in conducting research in the field of materials and advanced manufacturing and has attracted a high level of research funding. She joined in NC State University in 2018. She was an Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida (2007-2013) and was an Associate Professor at Florida State University (2014-2018). She co-authored a textbook (Intelligent Systems: Modeling, Optimization and Control, CRC Press, 2008) and published four book chapters. Dr. Xu chaired the 1st NSF National Wireless Research Collaboration Workshop in 2015 and serves as an Associate Editor of ASME Transactions, Journal of Micro- and Nano- Manufacturing since 2015.

Dr. Xu’s research interests are in both emerging new technologies (such as additive manufacturing, human-robotic interface and artificial intelligence directed manufacturing, etc.) and new materials (such as metal matrix composites, ceramic matrix composites, nanostructured materials, etc.). Her research effectively integrates these technologies and materials into applicable devices for industry, universities, and the federal government, with specific focuses on the following aspects:

  • Research and development of novel materials with desirable structures/functionalities;
  • Developing practical manufacturing processes to transform new materials into engineering components and devices;
  • Understanding the fundamental physics and chemistry of advanced manufacturing processes;
  • Integrating artificial intelligence/machine learning into manufacturing processes.



Ph.D. 2006

Mechanical Engineering

Purdue University

M.S. 2001

Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation

Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

B.S. 1998

Electromechanical Engineering

Qingdao University

Honors and Awards

  • Office of Naval Research (ONR), Young Investigator Award, 2011
  • Society of Mechanical Engineers (SME), Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, 2011
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Education Society, Teaching Award, 2015
  • Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Summer Faculty Fellowship, 2016
  • Oak Ridge Associated University Visiting Industrial Scholar Award, 2008
  • University, Research Incentive Award, University of Central Florida, 2013
  • University, Teaching Incentive Award, University of Central Florida, 2012
  • College, Research Excellence Award, Florida State University, 2017