Nanshu Lu

Headshot of Dr. Nanshu LuDr. Nanshu Lu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics.  She joined The University of Texas at Austin in fall 2011.  She received her bachelor's degree in Solid Mechanics from the Department of Engineering Mechanics at Tsinghua University, Beijing in 2005.

She obtained her Ph.D. in Mechanics of Materials from Harvard University working with Professors Zhigang Suo and Joost Vlassak in 2009. She then received Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship and became a postdoctoral researcher working with Professor John Roger at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Lu's research focuses on the mechanics of flexible electronics in all aspects such as materials, structural design, micro-fabrication, mechanical tests, bio-integration as well as analytical and numerical mechanics modeling. Her representative work includes highly stretchable metal thin films supported by polymer substrates, instrumented balloon catheters for minimally invasive surgeries, and tattoo-like epidermal electronics. Her research has been highlighted by the news media such as Nature News", "ScienceNOW", "Technology Review", "Chemical & Engineering News", and so on.

Dr. Lu's advice to current students: "Figure out what you really want and make that happen. Never give up."

Dr. Lu is also a member of the Women in Engineering Program Faculty Committee.