Lei Zuo

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Virginia Tech

Lei Zuo is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech. He also serves as the associate director of the NSF I/UCRC Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems. His research focuses on energy harvesting, vibration control, mechatronics design, vehicle dynamics, smart structures, and advanced sensors. Lei Zuo completed PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, where he also obtained two MS degrees in both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He returned to academia in 2008 after working in industry for four years. Since then he has secured over $10M research grants ($9M as the PI) from federal and state funding agencies and industry. Lei Zuo is a receipt of two R&D 100 Awards (2011 and 2015), for his innovations on energy harvesting from ocean waves and vehicle suspensions. ASME recognized him as "a pioneering researcher on energy harvesting, especially at large energy scale" with its 2014 Thar Energy Design Award and named him as ASME Fellow in 2016. He is a recipient of the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award in 2014. He won five times awards on Best Technology Development or Best Application on Energy Harvesting in the IDTecEx Energy Harvesting and Storage USA conferences (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Lei Zuo has published 160 journal and conference papers including three with best paper and best student paper awards. He graduated 6 PhD and17 MS students and is supervising 12 PhD, 8 MS, and 3 post-doctoral researchers. He mentored over 150 undergraduates in research and 9 high school students as summer interns.  Lei Zuo currently serves as a technical editor of IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics and an associate editor of ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics.