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Hongyu Nick Zhou.

Hongyu Nick Zhou

Associate Professor


Hongyu 'Nick’ Zhou joined the University of Tennessee as an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in August 2019 after five years’ serving on the faculty at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His research focuses on smart and energy-efficient building systems and built environment, with an emphasis on using innovative materials, designs, and cyber-physical technologies to improve the life-cycle performance of buildings and infrastructures.


  • Smart and energy-efficient buildings
  • Dynamic and responsive building envelope
  • Sustainable building materials
  • Bio-inspired and biomimetic design
  • Additive construction (3-D printing)
  • Cyber-physical system in infrastructures and security

Research Sponsors

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • US Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT)
  • Alabama Space Grant Consortium


PhD in Civil Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 2013
MSE in Civil Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 2012
BS in Civil Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, 2010

Awards and Recognitions

  • New Faculty Research Award, UAH, 2015
  • Individual Investigator Distinguished Research Award, UAH, 2014
  • Higher Education Research Experience (HERE) Fellow, ORAU, 2012


Zhou H. and Brooks A.L. (2019), "Mechanical and thermal properties of lightweight concrete and cementitious composites containing lightweight aggregates and fly-ash cenospheres," Construction and Building Materials, 198: 512-526.

He, Attard, TL, Zhou, H., Brooks., A.L. (2019), "Energy transferability into the connection-detail of coastal bridges using reinforced interfacial epoxy-polyurea reaction matrix composite," Composite Structures, 216:89-103.

Attard, TL, L. He, and Zhou, H.* (2019), "Improving damping property of carbon-fiber reinforced epoxy composite through novel hybrid epoxy-polyurea interfacial reaction," Composites Part B: Engineering, 164: 720-731.

Brooks A.L., Zhou H., and Hanna D. (2018), "Comparative study of the mechanical and thermal properties of lightweight cementitious composites," Construction and Building Materials, 159: 316-328.

Brooks A.L., Zhou H., and Shen Z. (2017), "A monolithic 'unibody' construction of structural assemblies through vacuum-assisted processing of agro-waste based fiber composites," Construction and Building Materials, 153: 886-896.

Shen Z. and Zhou, H. (2017), "Mechanical and electrical behavior of carbon fiber structural capacitors: effects of delamination and interlaminar damage," Composite Structures, 166: 38-48.

Zhou, H., Attard, T.L., Dhiradhamvit, K., Wang, Y., and Donald, E. (2015), "Crashworthiness characteristics of a carbon fiber reinforced dual-phase epoxy-polyurea hybrid matrix composite," Composites Part B: Engineering, 71: 17-27.

Zhou H., and Attard T.L. (2015), "A simplified anisotropic plasticity model for analyzing the post-yield behavior of cold formed sheet-metal shear panel structures," Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 141(7): 04014185(11).

Zhou H., Dhiradhamvit K., and Attard T.L. (2014), "Tornado-borne debris impact performance of an innovative storm safe room system protected by a carbon fiber reinforced hybrid-polymer matrix composite," Engineering Structures, 59:308-319.

Zhou H., Attard T.L., Wang Y., Wang J.A., and Ren F. (2013), "Rehabilitation of notch damaged steel beam using a carbon fiber reinforced hybrid polymeric-matrix composite," Composite Structures, 106(1):690-702.

Zhou H., Attard TL., Zhao B., Yu J., Lu W. and Tong L. (2013), "Experimental study of retrofitted reinforced concrete shear wall and concrete-encased steel girders using a new CarbonFlex composite for damage stabilization," Engineering Failure Analysis, 35:219-233.

Zhou H. and Attard T.L. (2012), "Rehabilitation and strength sustainability of fatigue damaged concrete-encased steel flexural members using a newly developed polymeric carbon-fiber composite," Composites Part B: Engineering, 45(1): 1091-1103.

Hongyu Nick Zhou.

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