Dr. Ken Zuo

Associate Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department


Dr. Zuo received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 1995 and is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. He has over 20 years of research experience in modeling the response of materials under dynamic conditions, 7 of which were spent with Los Alamos National Laboratory. With his research collaborators, Dr. Zuo has developed several advanced models for deformation, damage and failure of materials under high-rate applications. The models have been reported in leading research journals and have been implemented in the analysis codes. Dr. Zuo is currently an Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society. Since joining the faculty of UAH in Fall 2006 he has graduated 9 MS students and one Ph.D. student, and is currently supervising several Ph.D. and MS students.

Dr. Ken Zuo's Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico, 1995
  • M.S., Structural Engineering, Chang'an University, China, 1987
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Southeastern University, China, 1984

Honors & Awards

  • MDA Program Director Level Award, Missile Defense Agency, August, 2014.
  • Associate Fellow Award, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), January 2014.
  • UAH College of Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty Member, 2011
  • NASA Summer Faculty Fellow, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), 2009, 2010, 2015
  • Award of Excellence, Department of Energy (DOE) Defense Programs, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2005
  • Y. C. Hsu Memorial Award from the Univ. of New Mexico for Excellence in Graduate Work in Mech. Engineering, 1995


(Papers with * in front were coauthored with UAH graduate students)

  • *Kunin, A.B. and Zuo, Q.H. (2016), “Stability and Well-posedness of a Rate-dependent Damage Model for Brittle Materials Based on Crack Mechanics”, Applied Mathematical Modelling, Vol. 91, 40, pp. 3801-3811.
  • *Pike, A.W. and Zuo, Q.H. (2014), “Geometric Design Consideration for Controlled Fragmentation of Metal Shells,” Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, Vol. 91, pp. 59-67.
  • *Zuo, Q.H., L.E. Deganis and G. Wang (2012), “Elastic Waves and Damage Quantification in Brittle Material with Evolving Damage”, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Vol. 45, No. 14, 145302, pp. 1-8.
  • *Deganis, L.E. and Zuo, Q.H. (2011), “Crack-mechanics Based Brittle Damage Model Including Nonlinear Equation of State and Porosity Growth”, AIP Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 109, 073504, pp. 1-11.
  • Zuo, Q.H. (2011), “On the Uniqueness of a Rate-independent Plasticity Model for Single Crystals”, International Journal of Plasticity, Vol. 27, pp. 1145-1164.
  • *Zuo, Q.H., D. Disilvestro and J. D. Richter (2010), “A Rate-dependent Model for Damage and Plasticity of Brittle Materials Under Dynamic Loading”, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 47, pp. 2790-2798.
  • *Zuo, Q.H. and D.J. Alldredge (2010), “Stability and Well-posedness of a Rate-Dependent Strain-softening Plasticity Model”, International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Multiscale Mechanics, Vol. 1, pp. 195-218.
  • Zuo, Q.H. and H.L. Schreyer (2010), “Effect of Deviatoric Nonassociativity on the Failure Prediction for Elastic-plastic Materials”, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 47, pp. 1563-1571.
  • Zuo, Q.H. (2010), “Modified Formulation of a Rate-dependent Damage Model for Ductile Materials”, AIP Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 107, 053513, pp. 1-5.
  • Zuo, Q.H. (2010), “On the Wave Speeds in Elastic-plastic Materials with Anisotropic Elasticity”, International Journal of Plasticity, Vol. 26, pp. 1-24.