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Prof Meiling Zhu

Chair in Mechanical Engineering


Telephone: 01392 725869

Extension: (Streatham) 5869

Prof Meiling Zhu holds the Chair of Mechanical Engineering and leads the research theme in design, modelling and implementation of energy harvesting powered wireless sensing and communication systems within the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter. Her current research interests are

  • Energy harvesting powered wireless sensing systems ranging from novel transducer design and modelling (analytical and numerical modelling), power management, and their prototyping and characterisation to integration of energy harvesting devices with wireless sensing systems for aircraft, automotive and transport applications.
  • Design, modelling, prototype and characterisation of enabling micro-devices including micro-accelerometers, micro-pumps, RF-acoustic wave resonators and filters and RF-switches, and passive wireless sensors for applications.

Professor Meiling Zhu received her BEng in Mechanical Manufacturing in 1989, MEng in Applied Mechanics in 1992 and PhD in Mechanical Dynamics in 1994 at Southeast University, Nanjing, China. She joined the University of Exeter as Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Head of Energy Harvesting Research Group in 2013. Prior to joining Exeter, she 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, she has led the Piezoelectric 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. She has 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 her interests. She has published about 90 refereed journal and conference papers. She is a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt, a member of the Institute of Physics, and a Chartered Engineer.

Her recently secured grants and contracts include:

  • TSB: “Sentient-Sensors To Inform and Enable wireless Networks”, TSB 29640-211185, PI at Exeter (2014-16)
  • EPSRC: ‘En-ComE-Energy Harvesting Powered Wireless Monitoring Systems Based on Integrated Smart  Composite Structures and Energy-aware  Architecture, EP/K020331/1, PI (2013-16)
  • EPSRC:  ‘SMARTER-Smart Multifunction Architecture & Technology for Energy-aware Wireless Sensors’, EP/K017950/1, PI (2012-15)
  • FP7- people Grant :  ‘Smart Sensor Networks in Water Distribution System Using Power Harvesting’, EC318985, EC318985, PI (2012-15)
  • DSTL MAST STC Innovation Research Project: ‘Energy Autonomous Sensing Systems Based on Integrated Piezo-fibre Composites with Carbon Fibre Laminates’, CDE23681, PI (2012)
  • EPSRC Grant:  ‘EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Through-life Engineering Services’, EP/1033246/1, Co-I (2011-16)
  • EPSRC via Cranfield IMRC Research Grant: ‘H-WiSe-MAS: Development of Integrated Energy Harvesting Technology with Wireless Sensing For On-line Monitoring of Aircraft Structure Loading Condition’,  EPSRC/IMRC-162, PI (2011-12)
  • EPSRC:  'Mobile Energy Harvesting Systems', EP/H020764/1, PI at Cranfield (2010-12)
  • Cranfield Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) Centre of Excellence Grant: 'Energy Harvesting for IVHM Applications', IVHM007/V1.0, PI (2010-13).
  • EPSRC via Cranfield IMRC Research Grant: 'Design and Manufacturing of a Novel Energy Harvesting Device for Self-powered Sensors', EPSRC/IMRC-137,  PI (2008-11)
  • EPSRC via Cranfield IMRC Research Grant: 'Optimising Micro/Nano systems Biomimetic ally', EPSRC/ IMRC-135, Co-I (2008-11)
  • EPSRC Flagship Grant: 'Integrated Functional Materials for System-in-Package Applications', EP/D064783/1, Co-I (2006-10)