Huanyu Cheng

Research & Institution

Institutional Contact

The Pennsylvania State University

Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

212 EES Building,
University Park,
PA 16802, USA


Dr. Huanyu Cheng was appointed an Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) and Materials Research Institute (MRI) at The Pennsylvania State University in Aug 2015, and was awarded the Dorothy Quiggle Professor in Engineering in Sep 2015. He earned a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree from Northwestern University in 2015 and 2011 respectively, and a Bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University (China) in 2010. Prior to joining Penn State, Dr. Cheng also worked as a Visiting Research Fellow with Prof. John A. Rogers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on wearable and dissolvable electronics. Throughout Dr. Cheng’s research career, he has worked on mechanics design and manufacturing of biologically inspired electronics with applications in robotics, biomedicine, and energy.

Dr. Cheng has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications, and his work has been recognized through the reception of awards including Forbes 30 Under 30 2017 in Science, a Haythornthwaite Research Initiation Grant from ASME (2016-2018), Finalist for Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Manufacturing/Industry in 2016, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) International Student Research Fellowship, Best Paper Award in ASME Applied Mechanics Division Student Paper Competition, International Institute for Nanotechnology Outstanding Researcher Award, Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad, and many others.  He also serves as associate editor for Computers in Biology and Medicine, editorial board member for Informatics in Medicine Unlocked, and reviewer for 40 international journals.