Zhang, Wei


Dr. Zhang is a Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering - Welding Engineering Program in The Ohio State University. He is also an affiliated faculty member of The Simulation Innovation and Modeling Center (SIMCenter). Prior to coming to OSU in January 2013, he worked as a Senior Researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) from 2008-2012 and as an Engineer Team Leader at the Edison Welding Institute (EWI) from 2004-2008. He earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in Spring 2004. His B.S. and M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering were both earned at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China.


  • Additive manufacturing of metals (powder bed, blown-powder and binder-jetting)
  • Light-metal and dissimilar-metal joining for transportation (automotive, shipbuilding etc.)
  • Creep-resistance steels and alloys for power generation
  • Inertia and linear friction welding for aerospace engine shafts and blisks
  • Modeling of welding and additive manufacturing processes and materials (Abaqus, Sysweld, Flow-3D, DEFORM, LS-Dyna, Simufact, and Thermo-Calc)