Welcome to this website at the Ohio State University! The research group is led by Dr. Nan Hu from the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering (CEGE). Considering structural design in a multidisciplinary setting, we are interested in the conceptual development and characterization of structural components and systems using mechanical instabilities such as buckling to enable multi-functional features beyond their traditional roles of carrying loads. Guided by a combination of theoretical analysis, simulations, and experiments, we aim to integrate those developed structural concepts into the development of smart infrastructure materials and devices with advanced abilities such as shape-changing, self-adaptive, self-sensing and self-repairing.

We seek to build a diverse team of undergraduate and graduate student researchers who have strong enthusiasm on structural design, analysis, and mechanics. Prior degrees in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and/or engineering mechanics are preferred. General admission information is here: CEGE and MAE. Candidates with a background in applied mechanics, construction materials, computational modeling, topology optimization, advanced fabrication and/or biomimetics, are highly encouraged to contact Dr. Hu regarding the availability of graduate research assistantships/fellowship. Undergraduate students at OSU or from other peer institutions are welcomed to join the lab for participating at least a semester-long (e.g. summer) research internship. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or disability status. Please contact Dr. Hu at hu.1773@osu.edu along with your CV and a brief biography highlighting previous experience and skills.

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Recent News

09/15/17: VSL is accepting applications to fill the need of 2 MS and 1 PhD student in AU2018
09/01/17: VSL launched the group website!