Dr. Zhao joined the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) as an assistant professor in August 2018. She received a B.S. from the Department of Precision Instruments in Tsinghua University (China). Before pursuing her Ph.D. at Georgia Tech, she worked full time as an instrumentation and control system engineer in Houston for a couple of years.
At Pitt, with a key research thrust to improve and innovate various processes, Dr. Zhao’s research lab is motivated to bridge the critical gaps within and between two interrelated research lines that are critical in process quality assurance and control: (1) process-structure-property, and (2) modeling-measurement-control. Harnessing the advancements in data science and computing, Dr. Zhao directs studies on measurement science and metrology systems, control strategies, along with high-fidelity process modeling and simulation, to establish closed-loop processes and systems with improved performance in realizing multiscale multifunctional components for demanding applications.