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Faculty Profile

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Name: Wei Zhang
Title: Assistant Professor
Affiliation: Institute of Materials Science
Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering
E-Mail: wzhang@engr.uconn.edu
Personal/Lab Website: http://www.engr.uconn.edu/~wzhang
Program/Department Website: http://www.engr.uconn.edu/cee/
Office Telephone: (860) 486-5642

Keywords | Categories: Civil and Environmental Engineering, damage modeling, fatigue and corrosion, fluid-structure interactions, Institute of Materials Science, life-cycle structural reliability and risk analysis, random vibrations, vehicle-bridge-wind-wave dynamics, wind/wave induced vibrations

Professional Summary

Dr. Zhang’s research has been focused on structural dynamics and includes fluid-structure interactions, structural vibrations, fatigue and damage modeling, energy harvesting from structural vibrations. His main research falls into the following areas: (1) Modeling structural system in multi-scales under multiple hazards; (2) Mechanism and fabrication of energy harvesting devices from fluid induced vibrations; (3) System reliability assessment and multi-objective optimization for structural system design and planning. His long term research goal is to develop effective methodologies for life-cycle performance design, diagnosis, and rehabilitation of structural systems, which integrate extreme event and load modeling, risk and reliability analysis, life-cycle performance design, progressive damage inspection, monitoring, and rehabilitation to develop resilient and sustainable infrastructural systems.