Principal Investigator (PI): Wei Zhao

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Dr. Wei Zhao is currently an Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK. He earned his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA). Following the completion of his PhD training, Dr. Zhao gained valuable experience as a research associate/scientist at Virginia Tech. Dr. Zhao has a wide range of research interests in structures and materials, aeroelasticity, and multidisciplinary design optimization. His research work in airplane multidisciplinary design, analysis and optimization has been reviewed by Aerospace America annual review in 2017 and 2019. Dr. Zhao is a senior member of of AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics). He has also been selected to serve as a member of both the AIAA Structures Technical Committee and the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Structure Material Technical Committee.

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Group Members

Prince, Md Raqibul Hasan

John Brammer Graduate Research Fellowship 

Ph.D. student in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

08/2022 - present

Research Topic: Composite structures

Mahdi, Mohammed Abir

Master student in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

08/2022 - present

Research Topic: Latticed structures

Dutta, Soumik

Master student in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 

01/2023 - present

Research Topic: Composite structures

Cheh, James

Graduate Student

07/2023 - present

Research topic: Net structures

Jenna Jones

10/2023 - present

Freshman Research Scholar

Research topic: Robotic arm assisted rapid material testing 

Former Member(s)

Leicht, Adam

Undergraduate Research Assistant

08/2022 - 01/2024

Research topic: Manufacturing and testing of 3D printed structures

Huff, Josiah

Undergraduate in Aerospace Engineering

10/2022 - 12/2023

Freshman Research Scholar

Research topic: Rapid material testing


Henry Haslam

10/2023 - 01/2024

Freshman Research Scholar

Research topic: Robotic arm assisted composite manufacturing 

Brandon Pham
Undergraduate Research Assistant
09/2021 - 08/2022

Research topic: Experiments and analysis of 3D printed sandwich panels

Current: Tinker Air Force Base (AFB)