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: 307-766-4238
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


Honors and Awards

  • Dolling & Scott Mechanical Engineering Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, 2022 
  • 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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