Sectional Speakers



Xi-Qiao Feng

Dynamics of Collective Cells

Xi-Qiao Feng is a Chang Jiang Chair Professor and the head of Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University. He received bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees of solid mechanics in 1990, 1991, and 1995 at Tsinghua, respectively. From 1997 to 1999, he worked as an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow in the Technical University of Darmstadt and Delft University of Technology. He rejoined Tsinghua University as an associate professor in 1999 and was promoted as a professor in 2001.

During 2010–2014, he served as the secretary-general of the Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. Since 2006, he has been the director of the Institute of Biomechanics and Medical Engineering (IBME) at Tsinghua University. Currently, he serves as an editor-in-chief of Engineering Fracture Mechanics, and an associate editor or editorial board member of about ten other international journals.

His research interests include damage and fracture mechanics, mechanics of biological materials, cells, and tissues. He has authored four books and about 300 papers. Selected Feng’s honors include the Award of Science and Technology for Young Scientists of China (2007), Distinguished Young Scholars Award of NSFC (2005), Young Scientist Award of Fok Ying Tong Education Foundation (2004), Award of Distinguished Doctoral Theses of China (1999), etc.

Nasr Ghoniem

Professor Ghoniem joined the faculty at UCLA in 1977 as an assistant Professor after finishing his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1982, Full Professor in 1986, Senior Professor in 1996, and “Distinguished Professor” in 2006. He is a professor in the departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and also Materials Science & Engineering at UCLA. He has wide experience in the development of materials in severe environments (Nuclear, Mechanical and Aerospace). He developed some of main multiscale computational methods in defect physics and mechanics. He is a fellow of the American Nuclear Society, the American Academy of Mechanics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Japan Society for Promotion of Science, and The Materials Research Society. He was the general chair of the Second International Multiscale Materials Modeling Conference in 2004, and is the co-chair of the 19th International Conference on Fusion Reactor Materials in 2019. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals, and has published over 350 articles, 10 edited books, and is the co-author of a two-volume book (Oxford Press) on the mechanics and physics of defects, computational materials science, radiation interaction with materials, instabilities and self-organization in non-equilibrium materials (Nasr Ghoniem and Daniel Walgraef, “Instabilities and Self-Organization in Materials: Part I- Fundamentals of Nanoscience, and Part II-Applications in Materials Design and Nanotechnology,”Oxford Press, 2007, 1100 pages.) He graduated 35 Ph.D. students and 25 post-doctoral scholars (14 are currently in faculty positions). His current research on “Materials in Extreme Environments” is supported by the National Science Foundation (Extreme strain rate effects), the U.S. Department of Energy (Thermomechanics at extreme temperatures for fusion energy), and the US Air Force Office for Scientific Research (Micro-engineered materials for Space Electric Propulsion).

Yonggang Huang

Mechanics-guided deterministic 3D assembly

Yonggang Huang is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University.  He is interested in mechanics of stretchable and flexible electronics, and mechanically guided deterministic 3D assembly.  He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts, a foreign member of Academia Europaea, and a foreign member of Chinese Academy of Sciences.  His recent research awards include the Larson Award in 2003, Melville Medal in 2004, Richards Award in 2010, Drucker Medal in 2013, and Nadai Medal in 2016, all from American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); Young Investigator Medal in 2006 and Prager Medal in 2017 from the Society of Engineering Sciences; International Journal of Plasticity Medal in 2007; and Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 2008.  He is the Editor of Journal of Applied Mechanics, a member of the Executive Committee of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division (Chair, 2019-2020), members of the Awards Committee and Nomination Committee of the Engineering Mechanics Institute of American Society of Civil Engineers, and was the President of the Society of Engineering Science in 2014.


Peyman Givi

Turbulence Mixing and Combustion Simulation via a Quantum Algorithm

Dr. Givi is the Distinguished Professor of Mechanical engineering, and James T. MacLeon Professor in Swanson School of Engineering as well as Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.  He also co-directs the Ph.D program in Computational Modeling and Simulation.

Boyce Griffith

Dr. Boyce Griffith is Associate Professor of Mathematics and Adjunct Associate Professor of Applied Physical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Fluid-Structure Interaction: Methods, Models, and Applications in Biology and Medicine

Xiyun Lu

Simulation and Analysis of Vortical Flows

Professor Lu is Cheung Kong Professor of Fluid Mechanics and the Executive Dean of the School of Engineering Science, the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). He received his PhD degree at USTC in 1992. He was visiting professor and visiting scholar at some universities, such as The University of Tokyo, The Pennsylvania State University, The University of Tennessee Space Institute, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Professor Lu’s area of research concerns physical analysis and numerical simulation of turbulent flows, biofluiddynamics of swimming and flying animals, vorticity and vortex dynamics, and interfacial flow and interface instability. His research findings are described in over 200 archival journal papers and over 100 international conference papers. He has received several awards, such as Chou Pei-Yuan Hydrodynamics Award, National Special Allowance, Cheung Kong Scholars Program Award, National Science Fund Award for Distinguished Scholars, and Supervisor of National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation. In addition, he serves on and has served on a large number of steering committees and journal editorial boards.


Tianjian Lu

Multifunctional Ultralight Sandwiches with Hybrid Lattice-Cores

Professor T. J. Lu received BS and MS in Applied Mechanics from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1984 and 1987, and PhD in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University in 1995. Before taking up his current post at Xi’an Jiaotong University, he was Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Materials Engineering at Cambridge University Engineering Department from 1996 to 2006. During this period, he was also Fellow and Director of Studies of Queens’ College. Professor Lu is the Founding Director of MOE Key Laboratory for Multifunctional Materials and Structures (LMMS) as well as the Biomedical Engineering and Biomechanics Center.

Professor Lu uses theoretical, experimental, and numerical approaches to investigate various research frontiers in engineering sciences, addressing challenges in mechanics of materials, noise and vibration, heat transfer, and biomechanics. Professor Lu has published more than 20 books and book chapters, more than 300 peer-reviewed international journal papers, and is the recipient of 25 patents. Between 2005-2016, Professor Lu was the Chief Scientist for the National Basic Research Program (973 Project) of China. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the National Natural Science Award of China and the Young Chinese Scientist Award.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Acta Mechanica Sinica (AMS), the Founding Editor of International Journal of Applied Mechanics, and serves as the Associate Editor or member of the Editorial Board for more than 10 professional journals. From 2010 to 2014, he served as the Vice President of the Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (CSTAM). At present, representing China, he holds important positions in the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM), including Member of Congress Committee (CC), Member of Symposium Panel (SP), and Member of The Rodney Hill Prize in Solid Mechanics Selection Committee.

Professor Lu supervised more than 60 MSc and PhD students and more than 20 postdoctoral fellows.

Sridhar Krishnaswamy

Photoacoustic Characterization of Materials

Sridhar Krishnaswamy obtained his B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and his M.S. and PhD in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology.  He is currently a full Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Center for Smart Structures and Materials, which is an interdisciplinary center at Northwestern University. Prof. Krishnaswamy’s research interests are in multifunctional materials, optical and thin film sensors as applied to smart structures, nondestructive methods of materials characterization, and multiscale and multiphase 3D printing of phononic and photonic metamaterials. Prof. Krishnaswamy is a Fellow of ASME and Fellow of SPIE.

Stelio Kyriakides