Dr. Ju’s primary research areas include the mechanics and design of multifunctional materials and structures; compliant cellular materials, electro-active materials and non-pneumatic tires; energy efficiency and energy harvesting. In particular, he is currently researching low rolling resistance in tires, tire wear modeling for low tire particle emission, energy harvesting with electro-active polymers and compliant cellular materials.
Prior to UNT, Dr. Ju was a research associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University, visiting assistant professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and postdoctoral researcher at Texas Engineering Experiment Station. He received a Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University-College Station with a concentration in experimental and computational mechanics of composite materials and structures. He received the 2012 Young Engineer of the Year Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers North Texas chapter.
Dr. Ju is a part of the technical committee of ASME and SAE. He also represents the PACCAR Technology Institute, Laboratory of Advanced Tire Technology and Laboratory of Orthopedic Implant Design.
He has published approximately 50 journal articles and conference proceedings and has filed four U.S. patents as a main inventor on non-pneumatic tire components with cellular materials while collaborating with Michelin.