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
Malek is currently pursuing his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Honors at UT, with plans of graduating in the Spring of 2022 and pursuing his Masters shortly after. He began his work with PMCL in the Summer of 2021 where he was appointed as a URA for Ian Heyman’s Sample Stage Project, and he is also currently doing work in the area of underwater acoustics with the Applied Research Laboratories at UT. In his free time, Malek enjoys making music, playing sports, and working out.
Previous Lab Members