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Dr. Chao Hu joined the Mechanical Engineering Department as an Associate Professor in 2022. He received his B.E. degree in Engineering Physics from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, in 2007 and his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park in Maryland, in 2011. Dr. Hu worked first as a Senior Reliability Engineer and then as a Principal Scientist at Medtronic in Minnesota from 2011 to 2015; he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University in 2015 and worked first as an Assistant Professor and then as an Associate Professor from 2015 to 2022.
His research interests are engineering design under uncertainty, reliability and lifetime prediction of lithium-ion batteries, and prognostics and health management. Dr. Hu has received several awards and recognitions for his research, including the two-time Highly Cited Research Paper Award (2012-2013 and 2020) in the Journal of Applied Energy, received in 2015 and 2022; the ASME Design Automation Young Investigator Award in 2018; and the Best Paper Awards at the ASME Design Automation Conference and the IEEE International Conference on Prognostics and Health Management in 2013 and 2012, respectively.
Dr. Hu serves as a Review Editor of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization and an Associate Editor of ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems Part B: Mechanical Engineering.
Keywords: Engineering Design under Uncertainty, Prognostics and Health Management (PHM), Physics-Informed Machine Learning for PHM, Design for Failure Recovery of Lithium-ion Batteries