Dr. Changyong Cao

Assistant Professor & Director

Laboratory for Soft Machines & Electronics

Packaging | Mechanical Engineering | Electrical and Computer Engineering

Michigan State University
448 Wilson Road, Room 146, East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: 517-353-9504
E-mail: ccao@msu.edu


Dr. Changyong Cao is an Assistant Professor in Packaging, Mechanical Engineering,  and Electrical & Computer Engineering, and is directing the Laboratory for Soft Machines and Electronics (SME) at MSU. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from the Australian National University (ANU) in 2014. Then he worked as a postdoctoral associate and visiting professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Duke University between 2014-2017. His research interests are primarily in the areas of soft materials, soft robotics, emerging electronics, as well as additive manufacturing (3D/4D printing). He is now serving as editorial board member of three international journals and has published over 50 scientific papers in leading peer-reviewed journals such as Nature Biotechnology, Matter, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Science, Advanced Functional Materials, ACS Nano, Small, Biomaterials, Extreme Mechanics Letters, etc.

Academic Appointment 
  • Assistant Professor, School of Packaging, Michigan State University, 2017-Present​

  • Assistant Professor (by courtesy), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, 2017-Present​

  • Assistant Professor (by courtesy), Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Michigan State University, 2018-Present​

  • Postdoc Associate, Mechanical Engineering & Electrical Engineering, Duke University, 2014-2017

​Research Interests
  • Soft robotics, Sensors & actuators, Medical devices and Rehabilitation, Smart materials & structures, 3D & 4D printing of multifunctional materials

  • Printed/Flexible/Stretchable/Wearable/Bio-integrated electronics, Internet of Things (IoTs), Energy harvesting & storage devices (Supercapacitor, Battery, Triboelectric nanogenerator etc.)

  • Soft materials, Multifunctional materials, Metamaterials, Bioinspired materials, Nanomaterials, Nanocomposites

  • Solid mechanics, Biomechanics, Computational mechanics, Multi-scale and multi-physics modeling of advanced multifunctional composites, Fluid-structure-interaction (FSI)

  • Smart packaging, Edible packaging, Sustainable packaging, Precision Agriculture, Food safety and security

Selected Honors and Awards
  • Top Downloaded Paper 2018-2019 in SMALL, Wiley Press, 2020

  • ADVANCE Grant from Michigan Economic Development Corporation, 2020

  • The 3rd Prize of “The 4th China Sustainable Packaging and Safety Design Innovation Contest”, China Packaging Federation (CPF), 2019 (among Top 10 in the 1700+ submissions to the Contest from both industry and academia)

  • Mahato Memorial Research Photo & Image Contest, Duke University, 2017

  • Duke Outstanding Postdocs, Duke University, 2016

  • Emerging Institute Leader, Duke University, 2016

  • Best Poster Award Nominee, 2015 MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, 2015

  • Elsevier Outstanding Reviewer for Materials & Design, Elsevier, 2015

  • Best Poster Award, 2014 MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, 2014

  • USNCCM12 Travel Award, 12th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics, 2013

  • Best Poster Award (1st place) of the 7th Triangle Soft Matter Workshop, Duke/UNC/NCSU, 2013

  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding PhD Students Abroad, 2013

  • CECS Dean’s Fellowship Award, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, 2012

  • IARU-ANU Travel Grant Award, International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), 2012

  • ANU International PhD Research Scholarship, ANU, 2010-2013

Professional Service
  • Grant/Panel Reviewer:

    • National Science Foundation (NSF)

    • National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

    • Petroleum Research Fund of American Chemical Society (ACS-PRF)

    • Chilean National Science and Technology Commission

    • King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)

  • Editorial Board Member for

    • Forces in Mechanics (Elsevier) (2020.05-Present) 

    • International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Applications (2017.12-Present)

    • American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences (2017.08-Present)​

  • Regular Reviewer for 50+ journals, including Nature Communication, Science Advances, Advanced Materials, Soft Robotics, ACS Nano, Advanced Electrical Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Small,  Advanced Science, Soft Matter, Advanced Functional Materials, Materials and Designs, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Journal of Composites Part B, Applied Physics Letter, Sensors, Micromachines, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, and many IEEE Journals

Professional Associations
  • Member, Materials Research Society (MRS)

  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

  • Member, Society of Engineering Science (SES)

  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

  • Member, United States Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM)

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