Haifeng Zhang

Mechanical Engineering

Discovery Park F101S

UNT faculty Haifeng Zhang
Areas of Expertise:
  • Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles
  • Sensors

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  • Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, University of Nebraska (UNL), Lincoln, NE, Aug 2007   

    Dissertation: The Effect of Mechanical and Electrical Biasing Fields on Piezoelectric Resonators

  • M.S., Solid Mechanics, Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), Xi’an, China, April 2001

    Thesis: Active Vibration Control of Piezoelectric Intelligent Structure Based on Neural Network

  •  B.S., Engineering Mechanics, Hunan University, Changsha, China, July 1997

Haifeng Zhang's research interests include advanced sensors in harsh environment, energy harvester design, structural health monitoring and ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation. He has published more than 50 referred journal and conference papers and his research is funded by a variety of funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Research Office, the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Army Natic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and industry.

Dr. Zhang’s group is specialized in developing advanced sensor for harsh environment applications such as pressure and temperature sensors in high temperature environment, and gas sensors for the monitoring of gas turbine engine. Recently, the group is working on a DOE funded project to transmit sensor signal through a metal wall in high temperature for nuclear spent fuel health monitoring. The through-wall transmission technique is based on ultrasonic principle and have promising application in other areas such as Surface or subsurface vessel hulls, Chemical storage tanks, and Astronautical vehicles. Dr. Zhang’s group is also working on several projects on nondestructive evaluation (NDE) sponsored by Defense agency.

Zhang was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University before joining UNT in 2008. He also serves as a committee member on ASME’s energy harvesting technical committee.


Research Area

  • Smart materials
  • Advanced sensors
  • Nondestructive evaluation
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Vibration control

Research Focus

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Honors and Awards
ASEE Spread the Word / Campus Representative award.