wz2 Wei Zhang
Associate Professor, Ph.D., P.E
Office: Castleman 321
Phone: (860)486-5642
Fax: (860)486-2298

Dr. Wei Zhang, director of DM2L, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His work mainly focused on the resilience of civil infrastructures, such as bridges, buildings, power infrastructures, offshore structures, etc. Prior to this, Dr. Zhang was a senior specialist in Technip USA Inc. At Technip, he worked on design of offshore floating structures (Aasta Hansteen sparLucius spar, Heidelberg spar) under extreme wave and wind loads.  His previous study also includes fatigue damage assessment for coastal slender bridges,  progressive failure analysis of low rise buildings, Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) wind tunnel testing, computation mechanics and computation fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations, etc. He was involved in several wind tunnel experiments for mitigating wind induced vibrations of long span bridges (for example, Xihoumen Bridge). His earlier career also include working a bridge engineer and participated many short and long span bridge designs (for example, Runyang Yangtze Bridge).

Professional affiliations:

  • Associated Editor: ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering; ASCE Journal of Aerospace Engineering
  • Associated Editor: Frontiers in Built Environment: Wind Engineering and Science
  • Editorial Board: Engineering Application of Computational Fluid Mechanics


Linked Webpages:

Graduate Students

Steven Matile

Ph.D. Student
Structural Engineering

B.S. University of Connecticut

Alok Sharma

Ph.D. Student
Structural Engineering

B.S. Tribhuvan University

Binit Gautam

Ph.D. Student
Structural Engineering

B.S. Tribhuvan University

Lucy Li
Ph.D. Student
Structural EngineeringB.S., University of Connecticut
Wei Yang
Ph.D. Student
Structural EngineeringB.S. Southeast University
M.S./Ph.D. Tongji University




Lucy Li

Undergraduate Student
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Connecticut


Group Photo

  • Fall 2020

  • Spring 2018

  • Fall 2016

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Graduate Students:


William Hughes (2019-2023), Ph.D., Postdoc researcher
Zhixia Ding (2019-2023), Ph.D., Software Engineer
Jintao Zhang (2018-2022), Ph.D., Data Scientist
Dongping Zhu (2018-2022), Ph.D., Software Engineer
Qin Lu  (2018-2021), Ph.D. Data Scientist
Xiaolong Ma (2017-2021), Ph.D. Civil engineer
Xuan Li (2016-2020), Ph.D.  Software Engineer
Hao Yuan (2014-2018), Ph.D. Structural Engineer
Jin Zhu (2014-2018), Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Southwest Jiaotong University, Sichuan, China


Yiannis Bagtzoglou (2021-2022), M.Sc., Structural Engineer, ConnDOT
Di Wu (2016-2018), M.Sc., Structural Engineer, AECOM
Jeffery Weston (2015-2017), M.Sc., Engineer, Pratt & Whitney.

Visiting Scholars/Postdoc Researchers:

Guodong Li (Associate Professor, Inner Mongolia University, 2018-2019)
Huawei Niu (Associate Professor, Hunan University, 2016-2017)
Mengxue Wu (Assistant Professor, Southwest Petroleum University, 2015-2016)
Zhonglong Li (Associate Professor, Harbin Institute of Technology, 2015-2016)
Huijuan Liu (Associate Professor, Guangxi University, 2014-2015)
Huaiguang Li (Assitant Professor, Southwest Jiaotong University, 2014)

Undergraduate Students:

Samantha Paglia (2021-2022, University of Connecticut)
Fernando Diaz (2021 Summer, University of Connecticut)
Matthew Wendland (2020-2022, University of Connecticut)
Liam Hanley (2020-2021, University of Connecticut –> for M.S. at University of Maine)
Yannis Bagtzoglou (2019-2020, University of Connecticut)
Louis (Tony) Lopez (2018-2019, University of Connecticut)
Maeve Manfredi (2018, University of Connecticut)
Matthew Yang (2018, University of Connecticut)
Yijie Wu (2017, University of Connecticut)
Xuesong Li (2017, University of Connecticut -> for M.S. at Georgia Institute of Technology)
Donato Piroscafo (Summer 2017, Gateway Community College, NSF E-REU Project on Energy Harvesting)
Zixi Wang (2016-2017, University of Connecticut -> for M.S. at University of California, Irvine)
Nicholas Dellabianca (2016, University of Connecticut)
Courtney Llinares (2015-2016, University of Connecticut)
Lucas Coasta (2015, University of Connecticut/Faculdade de engenharia de Sorocaba, Sorocaba-SP, Brazil)
Steven Conte (2014, University of Connecticut)

K-12 Student Researchers:

Brodey Lu (2020-2021, Amity Regional High School –> Northwestern University, Class of  2026)
Jason Gong (2015-2016, Glastonbury High School -> CMU, class of 2020)