Dr. Lei Zhou
Department of Mechanical Engineering, UT Austin
Office: ETC 4.138
Dr. Zhou is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Zhou received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2019. At MIT, Dr. Zhou worked in the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP) as a part of the Precision Motion Control Laboratory directed by Professor David L. Trumper. Prior to joining UT Austin, Dr. Zhou worked as a Visiting Research Scientist at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories for one year. Dr. Zhou also holds an MS (2014) in Mechanical Engineering from MIT as well as a BE in Control and Instrumentation Engineering from Tsinghua University. Dr. Zhou’s research focuses on the design and control for novel and high-performance mechatronic systems for various applications such as manufacturing equipment, scientific instruments, robots, and medical devices.
Graduate Research Assistants
Abdel received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cairo University in 2019. Before joining UT, Abdel has interned at General Motors and SolarCity (Acquired by Tesla), and has worked for a year in the semiconductor industry with Applied Materials. In his spare time, Abdel enjoys rowing, running and reading history and biographies. Abdel is working on the design and control for magnetically levitated sample stage for X-ray microscopes.
Laura received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2020. While at A&M, she did undergraduate research in biomechanics and bio-inspired power grid design, and interned at MathWorks. In her free time, Laura enjoys reading, being outside, and playing piano. She is currently working on the modeling and control of self-sensing bearingless motors.
Ian L. Heyman
Ian received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in the spring of 2020. As an undergraduate student, he focused his course load in the area of Manufacturing and Design and worked as an undergraduate assistant for the machine tool operations course at UT. Ian is currently working on the design, building, and testings for a new type of magnetically suspended sample stage for X-ray microscope systems. Outside of the lab, he enjoys listening to and playing music, spending time with friends, and exploring Austin.
Jingjie received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), during which he did the research in bipedal locomotion using CPG to achieve orbital stability. In his spare time, Jingjie enjoys staying at home and listening to music. He is currently working on hardware-control co-design towards lightweight and high-acceleration magnetically-suspended linear stages for manufacturing applications.
Seong-Hyo received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He did undergraduate research in soft robotics and variable-stiffness continuum manipulator for endoscopic surgery. He is currently working on the design and development of a stamp-based thin film material transfer machine targeting the manufacturing of electronic components and circuits made of 2D materials. In his free time, Seong-Hyo enjoys playing with his cat and watching history documentaries.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Jixuan (Sean) Feng
Sean is pursuing his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, graduating Summer 2022 and pursuing his Masters at UT afterwards. He began working with PMCL in Spring 2021 as a URA on the Vernier Permanent Magnet (VPM) motor project, which he is currently working on with Andrew Burch. In his free time, Sean enjoys cooking, working out, and playing disc golf.
Peter Mathews is currently pursuing his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Honors at UT Austin, with a projected graduation date of May 2023. In Spring 2022, Peter began work with Jingjie Wu for the magnetically steerable catheter project for PMCL. On his own, he loves to listen to music, watch drama TV shows, and play video games.
Paavani is currently pursuing her undergraduate studies in Aerospace Engineering at UT. She will be starting off as a Sophomore in the fall of 2022. She began her work with PMCL in the spring of 2022 under Jingjie Wu’s Modular Magnetic Bearing’s Project. She is also currently working on a hybrid rocket engine with Longhorn Rocketry Association.
In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, dancing, singing and swimming.
Haoxuan is pursuing his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UT. In PMCL, he works with Seong-Hyo Ahn on the project of a stamp-based thin-film material transfer machine. In leisure time, Haoxuan likes jogging, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends.
Fionn is currently pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and intends to graduate in May 2023. He has recently completed a year long exchange at UT, and will return to his home college, University College Dublin, at the end of the summer. He is currently assisting Jingjie in the manufacture of a high acceleration magnetically levitated linear stage. In his spare time Fionn enjoys playing sport, going to the gym and going out with friends.
Yifeng from Liuzhou, Guangxi, China. Yifeng will be a senior in the upcoming semester and set to graduate next May. Yifeng is a huge car guy, Formula One nerd, and a watch enthusiast. During his free time, Yifeng loves traveling and singing karaoke.
Previous Lab Members
Jaeyun Song, Undergraduate Research Assistant (2021/6-2022/9), currently senior undergraduate student at UT Austin
Jonathan Tao, Undergraduate Research Assistant (2021/6-2021/12), currently incoming graduate student at UC Berkeley
Malek Ibrahim, Undergraduate Research Assistant (2021/6-2022/6) currently incoming graduate student at MIT