Katherine Yanhang Zhang Named Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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By Liz Sheeley

Associate Professor Katherine Zhang (ME, MSE)

Associate Professor Katherine Yanhang Zhang (ME, BME, MSE) has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Only three percent of members become fellows and to be nominated and elected, a member must meet qualifications in at least one of nine categories; Zhang was chosen for her accomplishments in the research and education categories. “I am honored by this recognition of my impact in research in community,” she said.

Zhang’s research focuses on the mechanics of blood vessels and how they are affected by cardiovascular diseases such as diabetes. She combines experiments and computational modeling to understand how various biomechanical, biochemical and structural factors interplay in vessel injury and healing. In addition to her research, Zhang performs educational outreach, develops undergraduate and graduate curricula, and also mentors students.

ASME is an international, non-profit membership organization founded in 1880 that promotes the art, science and practice of multidisciplinary engineering. The Society holds multiple conferences, courses and workshops throughout the year to promote continuing education from the undergraduate to the professor level. ASME members are not only academics, but also business leaders, entrepreneurs and industry engineers.