College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Xiang Zhang

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Room 335B, EERB
University of Wyoming
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dept. 3295
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-42381000 
Fax: 307.766.2695

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Xiang Zhang mug shot


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Vanderbilt University (2017)
  • M.S., Solid Mechanics, Beihang University (in China, 2012)
  •  B.S., Engineering Mechanics, Northeastern University (in China, 2009)

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming (2019-Present)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018-2019)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Civil Engineering, Vanderbilt University (2017-2018)

Research Interests

My current research efforts focus on multiphysics and multiscale modeling of high-performance materials (including metals and composites) and advanced manufacturing process. My long-term goal for research is to establish the microstructure-processing-performance relationship for material design and manufacturing through the development of advanced computation models and active interactions with experiments. Current projects primary focus on 1) modeling the deformation and damage in metals and fiber-reinforced composites, at both material microscale and structural scale; 2) modeling polymer and polymeric composites manufacturing process with its application in frontal polymerization and 3D printing.


  • Undergraduate: Introduction to Finite Element Analysis (ME 4040)
  • Graduate: Introduction to Finite Element Analysis (ME 5040)

Selected Publications


  • S. Vyas, E. Goli, X. Zhang and .H. Geubelle. Manufacturing of unidirectional glass-fiber-reinforced composites via frontal polymerization: A numerical study. Composite Science and Technology, 184:0266-0538, 2019.
  • X. Zhang, D. Brandyberry and P. Geubelle. IGFEM-based shape sensitivity analysis of the transverse failure of a composite laminate. Computational Mechanics,, 2019.
  • J.T. Benzing, Y. Liu, X. Zhang, W.E. Luecke, D. Ponge, A. Dutta, C. Oskay, D. Raabe and J.E. Wittig. Experimental and numerical study of multi-phase medium-Mn TWIP-TRIP steel: influences of strain rate and phase constituents. Acta Materialia, 177:250-262, 2019.
  • X. Zhang and C. Oskay. Sparse and scalable eigenstrain-based reduced order homogenization models for polycrystal plasticity. Computer Methods Applied Mechanical Engineering, 326:241-269, 2017.
  • V. T. Phan, X. Zhang, Y. Li and C. Oskay. Microscale modeling of creep deformation and rupture in Alloy 617. Mechanics of Materials, 114:215-227, 2017.
  • X. Zhang, C. Oskay. Polycrystal plasticity modeling of Nickel-based superalloy IN 617 subjected to cyclic loading at high temperature. Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 24:055009, 2016.
  • X. Zhang and C. Oskay. Eigenstrain-based reduced order homogenization for polycrystalline materials. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 297:408-436, 2015.
  • D.Y. Hu and X. Zhang. Full-scale crash test and FEM simulation of a crashworthy helicopter seat. Journal of Aerospace Power, 27:395-400, 2012.

Honors and Awards

  • Travel Award, 15th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics. Austin, TX, 2019 
  • Finalist, 28th Robert J. Melosh Medal Competition for the Best Student Paper on Finite Element Analysis. Duke University, Durham, NC, 2017.
  • Travel Award, 14th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics. Montreal, Canada, 2017
  • Best Paper, Modeling Inelasticity & Multiscale Behavior (MIMB) Committee Student Competition, Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference, Nashville, TN, 2016.
  • Best Student Poster, Materials Science and Technology category, ANS Winter Meeting and Nuclear Technology Expositioin, Las Vegas, NV, 2016.
  • Best Paper, Peter G. Hoadley Best Student Paper Competition, Department of Civil and Environment Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2016.

Professional Services

  • Peer-reviewer for technical journals: Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Computational Mechanics, Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, International Journal for Multiscale Computational Engineering, Acta Mechanica, Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids, Materialia
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