MSU College of Engineering, student portraits, 1/29/15

Dr. Jianguo Zhao is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department of Colorado State University. He received his PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Michigan State University in 2015. He received the B.E. Degree (2005) and the M.E. Degree (2007) in Mechanical Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, P. R. China. His research interests include biologically inspired robotics, mechanism design, dynamic systems, mechatronics, 3D printing, and vision-based control. His research on meso-scale jumping robots has been reported by many media such as Popular Science, Discovery News, PHYS.org, IEEE Spectrum etc. He has won several rewards such as the finalist for the best student paper in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS,2014), the outstanding research award from Michigan State University (2011 & 2013), the second place in ASME mechanism & robot design competition (2012).  He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society, and the IEEE Control Systems Society.


I am looking for students towards Ph.D. degree. Students with experience in the following areas are welcome to apply: robotics, controls, mechanical design, embedded systems, mechatronic systems, dynamic systems, advanced manufacturing. Those who are interested in working with me please directly apply to the department. Meanwhile, please send me an email with your CV in PDF format. Undergraduate students who want to get hands-on experience with robotics are also welcome.

What’s New?


  • 10/2018: Jiefeng and Ben’s paper on embedded shape morphing using twisted-and-coiled actuators is selected as a finalist for the best student paper in the 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).
  • 08/2018: Received a grant from NSF to investigate vision guided perching for small flying robots, collaborating with Dr. Bo Cheng at Penn State. Thanks NSF for the support!
  • 05/2018: Received the Research Initiation Award from National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate embedded and continuous shape morphing using twisted-and-coiled actuators. Thanks NSF for the support!
  • 01/2018: Anthony Demario defended his master thesis on “3D printable walking robot with soft joints and links”.

2017 & Before

  • 12/2017: Ali Abbas defended his master thesis on “Modeling of Twisted and Coiled Artificial Muscle for Actuation and Self-Sensing”.
  • 08/2015: Established the Adaptive Robotics Lab at the Energy Institute of Colorado State University.