The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering welcomes Hongyu “Nick” Zhou as an assistant professor. Zhou joins UT after five years on the faculty at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Zhou received his bachelor’s in civil engineering from Tongji University in 2010 and a doctorate in civil engineering from Arizona State University in 2013.
“Dr. Zhou teaches in the construction engineering and management area,” said Department Head Chris Cox. “We are looking forward to his leadership in developing innovative building materials and related processes.”
Zhou’s research is focused 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.
Currently, he is leading projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation and US Department of Energy on environmentally dynamic building envelope, thermal energy storage (TES) and management technologies for Grid Interactive Efficient Buildings (GIEB), and bioinspired material and design for energy efficient buildings.