Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering



Office: Engineering A103W
Phone: 970-491-5927

Dr. Jianguo Zhao

Director, Adaptive Robotics Lab

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Jianguo Zhao has been a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering since August 2015. He currently is an Associate Professor and directs the Adaptive Robotics Lab, where his team focuses on creating innovative robotic systems capable of adapting their shapes, structures, and functionalities to operate effectively in varied environments. Dr. Zhao’s robotics research has received substantial support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has led to over 100 publications in both specialized robotics journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Soft Robotics, and multidisciplinary journals like Nature Communications and Science Advances. Additionally, Dr. Zhao contributes extensively to the robotics community through his editorial roles. He has served as a Technical Editor for IEEE/ASME transactions on Mechatronics (TMECH) and an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Robotics (TRO).


  • Ph.D. 2015, Michigan State University—Electrical Engineering
  • M.Engr. 2007, Shenzhen Graduate School, Harbin Institute of Technology—Mechatronic Engineering
  • B.S. 2005, Harbin Institute of Technology—Mechanical Engineering


Research Interests

  • Robotics and Control