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Dr. Zhu MaoAssistant Professor
  • College
    Francis College of Engineering
  • Department
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Phone
    (978) 934-5937
  • Office
    Ball Hall - 218
  • Email

Research Interests

Structural health monitoring (SHM) and non-destructive evaluation (NDE)
Uncertainty quantification
Time series modeling and signal processing
Surrogate modeling of complex systems
Machine learning and Bayesian inference regarding SHM decision-makings
Cyber-physical systems, haptics and human machine interaction


  • Ph D: Structural Engineering, (2012), University of California - San Diego
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Uncertainty Quantification in Vibration-Based Structural Health Monitoring for Enhanced Decision-Making Capability
  • MS: Structural Engineering, (2008), University of California - San Diego
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Comparison of Shape Reconstruction Strategies in a Complex Flexible Structure
  • BS: Automotive Engineering, (2002), Tsinghua University


Zhu Mao is currently an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and has actively worked in the area of structural health monitoring and uncertainty quantification for nearly ten years. Prior to UMass Lowell, he held research positions at the Tsinghua University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and then joined University of California San Diego as a research assistant and later a postdoctoral researcher. His research aims to enhance the system integrity and infrastructure sustainability, and the research effort embodies the emerging nexus of multiple disciplines, including mechanical, aerospace and civil applications. His research is sponsored by a variety of resources, and he collaborates with colleagues at US Air Force Research Lab, Army Research Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, and South Korea Agency for Defense Development, as well as university researchers all over the world. Mao has over 30 publications on top-tier journals and internationally-recognized conference proceedings. He has been invited to coauthor one book chapter about uncertainty quantification in SHM. Additionally, Dr. Mao is active in numerous professional communities, and serves on the committee of the Technical Division of Model Validation and Uncertainty Quantification in the Society for Experimental Mechanics. He has been the reviewer for 18 journals, and serves as session chair for multiple conferences. He was awarded the DeMichele Scholarship Award by the Society for Experimental Mechanics in 2011.

Selected Publications

  • Hong, M., Mao, Z., Todd, M.D., Su, Z. (2017) "Uncertainty quantification for acoustic nonlinearity parameter in Lamb wave-based prediction of barely visible impact damage in composites.," Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing!!! 82: pp. 448 - 460
  • Poozesh, P., Niezrecki, C., Mao, Z., Avitabile, P. (2017) "Modal parameter estimation using blind source separation and least square complex frequency domain," Proceedings of the Thirty-Fifth International Modal Analysis Conference
  • Poozesh, P., Niezrecki, C., Mao, Z., Avitabile, P. (2017) "Using High Speed Stereo-Photogrammetry and Phased-Based Motion Magnification Techniques to Extract Operating Modal Data," Proceedings of the Thirty-Fifth International Modal Analysis Conference
  • Mao, Z., Todd, M.D. (2016) "A Bayesian recursive framework for ball-bearing damage classification in rotating machinery.," Structural Health Monitoring 15:6 pp. 668
  • Sarrafi, A., Mao, Z. (2016) "Statistical Modeling of Wavelet-Transform-Based Features in Structural Health Monitoring.," Model Validation & Uncertainty Quantification, Volume 3 (9783319297538)!!! pp. 253