Qianyun (Gloria) Zhang, Ph.D.

Hernandez Hall, Room 211

(575) 646-3492


Research Website: https://www.gloria-zhang.net/



  • Ph.D. Structural Engineering, Aug 2018-June 2022, University of Pittsburgh
  • M.Sc. Structural Engineering, Jan 2016-Dec 2017, University of Southern California
  • B.Sc. Civil Engineering, Sep 2011- June 2015, Wuhan University of Technology

Professional History

  • Aug 2022 – Present, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, New Mexico State University
  • Aug 2018-June 2022, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
  • Aug 2016− Nov 2017, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California

Research Interests

  • Multifunctional Materials and Structures
  • Mechanical Metamaterials
  • Low-Power Energy Harvesting
  • 3D Printed Structural Systems
  • Automated SHM via UAVs
  • Machine Learning/Computer Vision

Select Publications

  • Q. Zhang, K. Barri, S. R. Kari, Z.L. Wang, A.H. Alavi, “Multifunctional triboelectric nanogenerator-enabled structural elements for next generation civil infrastructure monitoring systems”, Advanced Functional Materials, 31(47), Article 2105825, 2021. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.202105825
  • Q. Zhang, K. Barri, S. K. Babanajad, A. H. Alavi, “Real-time detection of cracks on concrete bridge decks using deep learning in frequency domain”, Engineering, 7(12), 1786-1796 , 2021. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eng.2020.07.026
  • K. Barri, P. Jiao, Q. Zhang, J. Chen, Z.L. Wang, A.H. Alavi, “Next generation self-aware composite mechanical metamaterials”, Nano Energy, 86, Article 106074, 2021.  DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nanoen.2021.106074
  • K. Barri, Q. Zhang, I. Swink, Y. Aucie, K. Holmberg, R. Sauber, D.T. Altman, B. C. Cheng, Z. L. Wang, A. H. Alavi, “Patient-specific multifunctional metamaterial implants for detecting bone healing progress”, Advanced Functional Materials, 32(32), Article 2203533, 2022. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.202203533
  • Q. Zhang, K. Barri, P. Jiao, H. Salehi, A.H. Alavi, “Genetic programming in civil engineering: advent, applications and future trends”, Artificial Intelligence Review, 54(3), 1863-1885, 2021. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10462-020-09894-7