Dr. Zhang is a Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Texas (Denton, TX). He received his B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Hunan University, Changsha, China in 1997, his M.S. degree in Solid Mechanics from Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xian, China, in 2001, and his Ph.D. degree in Engineering Mechanics from University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE) in 2007. He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Ohio State University’s Department of Material Science and Engineering in 2008. His research interests include innovative piezoelectric sensing devices for applications in advanced manufacturing, oil and gas exploration, and nuclear power plant monitoring; structural health monitoring and nondestructive test methods. He is a technical committee member of ASME Adaptive Structures & Materials Systems Branch.