Fu Zhao is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University. His research is mainly focused on sustainable design and manufacturing, with particular interests in conceptual design, manufacturing process characterization, process planning, energy-efficient scheduling, and product end-of-life management. He also conducts research on advancing life cycle analysis for sustainability assessment and policy development related to renewable energy systems. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal papers and conference proceedings on these topics, and is a receipt of the outstanding paper award at the 43rd SME North American Manufacturing Research Conference. Dr. Zhao’s research has been supported by NSF, DOE, EPA, and industries. Dr. Zhao was Co-Chair and Chair of Life Cycle Engineering Technical Committee of ASME’s Manufacturing Engineering Division from 2006 to 2008 and from 2008 to 2010. He is now Co-Chair of the Design for Manufacturing and Life Cycle Technical Committee of ASME’s Design Engineering Division. Dr. Zhao holds two B.S. degrees (one in thermal engineering and the other in environmental engineering) and an M.S. degree (in thermal engineering) from Tsinghua University. He received his second M.S. degree in electrical engineering and his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan before joining Purdue University in 2007.
Associate Professor; School of Mechanical Engineering, Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering