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Prof Meiling Zhu

Chair in Mechanical Engineering


Telephone: 01392 725869

Extension: (Streatham) 5869

I am Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering and lead a research theme in energy harvesting, power management and wireless sensing with a particular focus on energy harvesting powered wireless sensor system technologies at the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter. I am mechanical engineering by my early qualification but with my career progress, my research is multi-disciplinary, encompassing materials, physics, mechanical, electrical and electronic sciences and engineering, and information and communication technology.

I received my BEng in Mechanical Manufacturing in 1989, MEng in Applied Mechanics in 1992 and PhD in Mechanical Dynamics in 1994 at Southeast University, Nanjing, China. I joined the University of Exeter as Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Head of Energy Harvesting Research Group in 2013. Prior to joining Exeter, I was s Senior Lecturer in Energy Harvesting (2012-13), a Senior Research Fellow (2007-12), a Research Officer (2002-06) at the Department of Manufacturing and Materials of Cranfield University; a Research Fellow at the Biomechanical Research Group of the University of Leeds (2001-2); an awarded a prestigious Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt at the Institut B für Mechanik of Stuttgart Universität (1999-2001); a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (1998-9); and an Associate Professor (1996-8) and a Post doctor (1995-6) at the Institute of Vibration Engineering Research of the Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics.

Over the last years, I have led the Energy Harvesting Research Group with a number of research grants from EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), EU-FP7 programmes, DSTL (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory), IMRC (Cranfield Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre funded by EPSRC), IVHM (Cranfield Integrated Vehicle Health Management Centre) and industries. I have been awarded a total of around £8.9million research funding as PI and as co-I for a number of research projects in the areas of my interests. I am a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt, a member of the Institute of Physics, and a Chartered Engineer. I enjoy supporting early career researchers into sciences and engineering. I have supervised undergraduate and postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

I teach Materials and Manufacturing, structural dynamics and mechatronics at the University of Exeter. I welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in Master by Research and PhD study on energy harvesting, power management and wireless sensing system for applications.