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Yang Zhang

Yang Zhang

Assistant Professor

College of Engineering and Technology

Engineering and Technology

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2564
Office: 108 Belk Building
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Dr. Yang Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering + Technology at Western Carolina University. Dr. Zhang achieved his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University.<br><br>Dr. Zhang has published multiple articles in wide recognized high-status journals and conference proceedings in the area of additive manufacturing and advanced manufacturing. Dr. Zhang also serves as reviewer for varies journals, including Materials & Design (IF: 8.4), Optics and Laser Technology (IF: 5.0), Wear (IF: 5.0), Scientific Reports (IF: 4.9), Materials Chemistry and Physics (IF: 4.6), Intermetallics (IF: 4.4), etc.<br><br>Dr. Zhang is a recipient of College of Engineering and Technology Board of Governors Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Zhang is passionate of conducting engineering education with innovative methods; he believes the best method for conveying the subject matter is the interest.


  • Ph D, Texas Tech University, Industrial Engineering
  • MS, Texas Tech University, Industrial Engineering
  • BS, Dalian Jiaotong University, Safety Engineering

Teaching Interests

3D Modeling, Design, Additive Manufacturing, CAD/CAM<br>Courses offered at WCU:<br>-Engineering Graphics<br>-3-D Solid Modeling<br>-Advanced 3D Computer Modeling and Rapid Prototyping<br>-Advanced Parametric Modeling and Design<br>-Mechanical Engineering Lab I<br>-Technology Systems<br>-Introduction to Engineering Practices and Principles I<br>-Engineering Economic Analysis

Research Interests

Advanced and Additive Manufacturing:<br>-Process parameters optimization<br>-Structural optimization<br>-Lattice structure design<br>-Sustainable material utilization <br>-Life cycle assessment

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