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Zhen Hu

Research Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Focus

Risk and Reliability, Uncertainty Quantification, Design under Uncertainty, Bayesian Inference, Additive manufacturing, Hydrokinetic turbine system


Dr. Zhen Hu is a research assistant professor in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University. Prior to his current position, he worked with Prof. Sankaran Mahadevan as a postdoctoral researcher at Vanderbilt University from 2014.09 to 2016.11. Dr.Hu earned his Ph.D. degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) in 2014. He received his Master of Science degree in Mechatronics engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China in March 2011. He received his bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Central South University, Changsha, China in 2008. 

Dr.Hu’s current research interests include risk and reliability, uncertainty quantification, design optimization, design under uncertainty, additive manufacturing, Bayesian inference, and hydrokinetic/wind turbine systems. His research explores novel probabilistic analysis and design methodologies to improve the robustness and reliability of engineering systems, using the state of the art machine learning techniques, statistical methods, and data analytics. His methods have been applied to hydrokinetic turbine systems, composite materials, and additive manufacturing, and can be applied to other areas such as design of new engineering materials and cyber-physical systems. He has won the best paper award of Intelligent System Center at Missouri S&T in 2013. His papers were selected as the Top 10 Best Paper in the ASME Design Automation Conference (DAC) in 2012, 2014, and 2016.

Dr.Hu is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).