Dr. Heng E. Zuo, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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Dr. Heng E. Zuo


Assistant Professor


Mechanical Engineering

Describe your research in about 200 words.

My research interest lies at the junction of optics, mechanics, micro-/nano-engineering, computational modeling, and astronomy, with a focus on furthering the development and applications of high-performance space optical engineering systems. She is focused on designing and developing methods for fabricating and correcting space optical components, in combination with the implementation of advanced micromachining technologies such as femtosecond laser micromachining, assisted with finite element analysis and material testing. Her past research includes advancing technologies to aid in fabricating thin-shell high-resolution X-ray space telescope mirrors in the sub-half arcsecond HPD domain, including mirror figuring and correction technology, coating stress compensation techniques, and metrology development.

What’s the most interesting thing you have learned from a student?

Students can be much more creative and imaginative to come up with interesting ideas than I can.