Yongjie Jessica Zhang-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Yongjie Jessica Zhang

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Courtesy Appointment, Biomedical Engineering

5000 Forbes Avenue
Scaife Hall 318
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-5332
Fax: 412-268-3348


Jessica Zhang is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She received her B.Eng. in Automotive Engineering and M.Eng. in Engineering Mechanics from Tsinghua University, China; and her M.Eng. in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and Ph.D. in Computational Engineering and Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin). After staying two years in UT-Austin as a postdoctoral fellow, she joined CMU in 2007 as an assistant professor, and then was promoted to an associate professor in 2012 and a full professor in 2016. 

Her research interests include computational geometry, mesh generation, computer graphics, visualization, finite element method, isogeometric analysis and their application in computational biomedicine and engineering. Researchers in Professor Zhang's group develop novel algorithms on biomodeling at molecular, cellular, tissue and organ scales, and explore applications in various application fields. She has co-authored over 130 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and conference proceedings. 

She is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the NSF CAREER Award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the USACM Gallagher Young Investigator Award, the Clarence H. Adamson Career Faculty Fellow in Mechanical Engineering, the George Tallman Ladd Research Award, and the Donald L. & Rhonda Struminger Faculty Fellow.


B.S. 1996, M.S. 1999, Tsinghua University, China

M.S. 2002, Ph.D. 2005, The University of Texas at Austin


See publications listed on Professor Zhang's website