Dr. Changyong Cao

Assistant Professor & Principal Investigator

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(at)msu.edu


Dr. Changyong Cao is 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, nanomaterials, emerging electronics as well as additive manufacturing, including smart materials and structures, soft robotics, printable - flexible - stretchable electronics, smart packaging system, biomedical devices, and 3D-4D printing materials and technologies. 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, Advanced Materials, Advanced Science, Advanced Electronic Materials, ACS Nano, Small, Biomaterials, 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​

  • Visiting Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Duke University, 2017-2018

  • Postdoc Associate, Mechanical Engineering & Electrical Engineering, Duke University, 2014-2016

​Research Interests
  • Soft materials, Nanomaterials, Biomaterials, Multifunctional Materials, Composite materials, Metamaterials

  • Flexible/Stretchable/Wearable/Printed/Bio-integrated electronics, Energy harvesting & storage devices, Sensors, Actuators, Medical devices

  • 3D & 4D printing (Additive manufacturing), Bio-inspired materials & structures, Programmable materials & structures, Soft robotics

  • Solid mechanics, Micro- & Nano-mechanics, Biomechanics, Computational mechanics, Multiscale/Multiphysics Simulation & modeling

Selected Honors and Awards
  • 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

  • Vice Chancellor’s Travel Grant Award, Australian National University, 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

  • Vice Chancellor’s Travel Grant Award, ANU, 2012

  • NUS Research Scholarship, National University of Singapore, 2008-2010

Professional Service
  • Grant/Panel Reviewer:

    • National Science Foundation (NSF)

    • 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

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

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

    • Current Mechanics and Advanced Materials (2020.01-Present)

  • Reviewer Board Member for

    • Micromachines (2019.07-Present)

  • Regular Reviewer for 20+ journals, including Nature Communication, Advanced Materials, Advanced Electrical Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Small,  Advanced Science, Soft Matter, Scientific Reports, Materials and Designs, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Journal of Composites Part B, Applied Physics Letter, Sensors, Micromachines, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials

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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