Job ID: 196865

Ph.D. position in Mechanical Engineering at Tennessee Tech

Tennessee Technological University

  • Oct. 13, 2022
  • Ph.D. position in Mechanical Engineering at Tennessee Tech
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Tennessee Technological University
    Cookeville, TN
  • Open until filled
  • Available Immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Polymer Science
    Optics & Optical Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering Physics
    Engineering Mechanics

The research group of Dr. Peng Zhang at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Tennessee Tech University is now accepting applications for two Ph.D. positions with an anticipated start date as early as Spring 2023. The successful candidates will be part of multiple research projects, including but not limited to the experimental investigation of fluid-structure interaction phenomena, development and modeling of multifunctional sensors and actuators, and computational fluid dynamics.

The admitted candidate will be supported through a graduate assistantship, which covers tuitions, fees, and a competitive monthly stipend. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a CV, transcript, and a short description of your research interests and experiences to Dr. Peng Zhang ( Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.


The prospective Ph.D. students are expected to have a solid research experience in Engineering. A minimum of a B.Sc. or equivalent degree in Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics is required. We are looking for candidates who have: i) a drive to pursue an excellent career in research; ii) outstanding oral and written English communication skills; iii) a strong work ethic with the ability to work independently as well as in a research group; and iv) the ability to design, conduct, and interpret experiments, under the mentorship of the Principal Investigator.

About the PI: Dr. Peng Zhang received his Ph.D. degree in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech in 2016 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the New York University from 2016 to 2022. His research interests include experimental mechanics and material science, with applications in fluid-structure interactions and multi-functional sensors. Dr. Zhang’s research has been disseminated through twenty journal publications and numerous conference publications and presentations. Dr. Zhang is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Tennessee Tech since Fall 2022.

About Tennessee Tech: Tennessee Technological University is a public research university in Cookeville, Tennessee, United States with over 10,000 students. Within Tennessee Tech, the Mechanical Engineering Department is the largest department both in the College of Engineering and the University. In addition to involvement in research projects, graduate students have the opportunity to grow professionally through participation in student organizations and co-op opportunities. Graduates from the Mechanical Engineering program have a nearly one-hundred-percent employment rate within few months after graduation.  The employers appreciate the hands-on experience, job-ready knowledge and skills, humility, work ethics, and professionalism our graduates bring them. 

  • Tennessee Tech does not condone and will not tolerate discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, disability, veteran status, and any other basis protected by federal and state civil rights law.

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  • Peng Zhang
    Mechanical Engineering
    Tennessee Technological University
    115 W. 10th Street
    Cookeville, TN 38505

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