Hongyi Xu

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Hongyi Xu joined University of Connecticut in February 2019 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include computational design and uncertainty quantification of heterogeneous microstructural materials, Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM), and data mining-enhanced multi-disciplinary optimization.

Prior to joining UConn, Dr. Xu worked for Ford Research and Advanced Engineering as a full-time employee (2014-2019). He led and participated in a variety of research projects, including structure optimization for vehicle safety and lightweighting, Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) of carbon fiber composites, Lithium-ion battery impact safety, fuel cell membrane analysis, and design of mesostructure-structure systems for Additive Manufacturing.

He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University, China (2008), M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University, China (2010), and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University, USA (2014).


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Selected Awards: 

    • Xu, H., Li, Y., Brinson, L. C., Chen, W., “A Descriptor-based Design Methodology for Developing Heterogeneous Microstructural Materials System”
  • Best Paper Award, 40th ASME Design Automation Conference, Buffalo, NY, 2014    (1 out of 108)
    • Xu, H., Liu, R., Choudhary, A. Chen, W., “A Machine Learning-based Design Representation Method for Designing Heterogeneous Microstructures”
  • Best Paper Award, 38th ASME Design Automation Conference, Chicago, IL, 2012    (1 out of 124)
    • Xu, H., Greene, M. S., Deng, H., Brinson, L. C., Dikin, D., Chen, W., “Stochastic Reassembly for Managing the Information Complexity in Multilevel Analysis of Heterogeneous Materials”

Services & Professional Registrations:

  • Review editor, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
  • Associate editor, SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing
  • Editorial board, CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua
  • Early Career Special Committee member & Newsletter editor, The International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO), 2023 – now
  • ASME Design Automation Committee – Industry Liaison (2018-2019)
  • Session organizer and chair, SAE world congress
  • Session organizer and chair, ASME Design Automation Conference (DAC)
  • Mini-symposium organizer: U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM)
  • Symposium organizer: The Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science (SES)
  • Mini-symposium organizer: 2021 Mechanistic Machine Learning and Digital Twins for Computational Science, Engineering & Technology (MMLDT-CSET)
  • Session chair, World Congress of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (WCSMO)
  • Session chair, ECS meeting
  • Invited reviewer, The 13th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability (ICOSSAR2021), sponsored by the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability (IASSAR)
  • Invited reviewer of research proposals, European Research Council (ERC)
  • Invited panel reviewer of NSF
  • Invited book proposal reviewer, Elsevier
  • Reviewer of 23 international journals: Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Journal of Mechanical Design, ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing, Polymer International, Composite Structures, Composites Science and Technology, Journal of Composites Science and Advanced Materials Letters, Acta Materialia, Advanced Materials Letters, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, International Journal of Energy Research, npj computational materials, Energy Science and Engineering, Energy Technology, Applied Mathematical Modeling, Advanced Energy materials, Manufacturing Letters, Scientific Reports, Engineering with Computers, Advances in Engineering Software, Advanced Science
  • Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Member of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Member of International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO)
  • Co-chair, Ford Chinese Association Research & Advanced Engineering mentoring program
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