Co-organizer, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University
Qiang Zhong obtained his Ph.D. (2021) from University of Virginia Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, MSc (2016) from University of Pittsburgh Mechanical Engineering, and BSc (2014) from Zhejiang University Bio-system Engineering. In the past few years, he collaborated with a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) team studying the physics of bio-inspired swimming and developing bio-inspired high-performance underwater robots. He designed and founded the UVA’s intelligent wireless water channel system, featuring unique experiment ability on high performance bio-inspired propulsion. He also contributed the UVA mantabot, which is the world’s first manta-ray inspired autonomous underwater robot. His research interests focus on bio-inspired fluid dynamics, development of intelligent robotic platforms, and physic-informed flow sensing and control for marine and aerospace applications. His work has been published in a series of high impact journals including Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, and featured in multiple medias and national exhibitions or museums.