Jean Zu graduated with BSc in 1984 and MSc in 1986 from Tsinghua University. After two years of working as a lecturer and researcher at Tsinghua University, she came to Canada, and obtained her PhD from the University of Manitoba in 1993. In January 1994, Dr. Zu joined the University of Toronto, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering as an Assistant Professor. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999 and to Full Professor in 2004. From June 2008 to June 2009, she served as Associate Chair of Research. She currently serves as Chair of the Department (from July 1, 2009).

Jean Zu's research is focused on mechanical vibrations and dynamics, and mechatronics. She has successfully collaborated with many different companies on research projects with focus on automotive applications. In recent years, Jean Zu has extended her research to mechatronics areas in biomedical instruments and energy harvesting. She has published over 300 papers including 160 journal papers and has supervised 70 graduate students. She is Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering (CSME), and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She served as President of CSME in 2006-08 and served on NSERC Grant Selection Committee in 2004-07.She served as the Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics in 2007-2013 and was President of Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) in 2012-2014. She currently serves on several editorial boards."

Research areas

Mechanical vibrations and dynamic analysis of mechanical systems with particular focus on automotive applications. Development of bio-instruments for characterization and diagnosis of tissue viscoelastic property and for tissue engineering research.

Vibration, Design and Mechatronics Laboratory


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Prof. Jean Zu joins Stevens Institute of Technology as Dean of School Engineering and Science as of May 1, 2017. She no longer takes new students.