About the Lab
I am a fluid dynamicist and a roboticist, which means I study how fluids move (in water and air) and apply fluid physics to robot development. I got hooked on interdisciplinary research in fluid robot systems as a graduate student in a multi-university research team studying how fish swim. In particular, I am primarily interested in how fish swimming can inspire the development of underwater robots and how robots can amplify the advantages of flow physics to be as maneuverable and efficient as possible.
Today, I’m applying fluid dynamics and robotics to my new lab at ISU. Our lab is expanding my previous research to more diverse areas, including amphibious locomotion, active flow perception, and ultra-maneuvering in complex flow, etc. In our lab, we are committed to fostering creativity, collaboration, and academic excellence among our students and researchers. We dismiss hierarchical structures and encourage team members to directly discuss any of their crazy ideas and progress with the PI.
My lab is under the Mechanical Engineering Department at Iowa State University. ISU is a flagship university of the Iowa State University system, classified among “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity”. In the 2022 U.S. News and World Report rankings, ISU ranked 41st in Best Mechanical Engineering Programs.
Currently enrolled ISU students:
ISU graduate students are encouraged to email your interest and experience directly to Prof. Zhong. We also welcome undergraduate students who are interested in gaining research experience in the areas of fluid mechanics, robot development, and control. Due to the significant amount of training required, we prefer students who are interested in longer term research projects (one year or longer).
External prospective students:
We welcome self-motivated students with an interest in fluid dynamics and robotics. Please contact Prof. Zhong for more details.
Postdoctoral researchers and visiting students:
Currently we are not searching for postdoctoral researchers due to limited funding availability. However, visiting students or postdoctoral researchers who have or plan to apply for external fellowships are welcome to contact Prof. Zhong to discuss opportunities.