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Dr. Xin Zhao

Associate Professor

Office: 228 Fluor Daniel Building
Phone: (864) 656-2151
Fax: (864) 656-4435


Dr. Zhao joined the department as an Assistant Professor in January 2015 after obtaining his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. His research interests lie in the understanding of the fundamental physics of laser-matter interaction, and the application of ultrafast lasers for novel manufacturing and materials processing techniques, including micro/nanomachining, surface structuring, shock peening, additive manufacturing, dissimilar materials joining, etc. Zhao is an ASME/MED Manufacturing Processes Technical Committee (MPTC) member, and a member of ASME, SME, and LIA. He serves as the reviewer for over 20 top journals in his field. Dr. Zhao is the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from SME.


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 2014.
M.S., Physics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2008.
B.S., Physics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2006.

Research interests

Numerical modeling and experimental study of laser-matter interaction, laser-plasma interaction, micro/nanomachining, laser-induced multi-scale surface structures, laser shock peening, additive manufacturing, and dissimilar materials joining.

Xin Zhao