Academic Profile

K. Jimmy Hsia is President Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He became Founding Dean of Graduate College at NTU in 2018, and started the new role as Vice President (Alumni & International Affairs) since January 2020. He received his B.S. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, his M.S. degree from Beijing University of Aeronautics, China, and his Ph.D. from MIT. Hsia has broad research interests in interdisciplinary fields between engineering and biology. His research focuses in the area of applied mechanics including, but not limited to, material failure and fracture, soft materials and soft robotics, micro- and nanoscale mechanical behaviour of materials and micro-nano-technologies, mechanics of living cells and biological systems, biomedical device development and applications. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in top journals such as Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, Science Advances, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, etc. He has co-authored 2 books published by Springer. He has been elected Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Fellow of American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He was recipient of US National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Initiation Award, Max-Planck Society Scholarship, and Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship. Before joining NTU, Hsia was Vice Provost for International Programs and Strategy, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and before then was W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where he also served as Associate Dean of Graduate College and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research for New Initiatives. From 2005-2007, Hsia was Founding Director of Nano and Bio Mechanics Program at NSF. He is Founding co-Editor-in-Chief of an Elsevier journal, Extreme Mechanics Letters.
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Prof K Jimmy Hsia
Professor, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Cell mechanics and bionanotechnology
Nanotechnology for biosensing and bioactuation
Mismatch strain or capillary induced self-assembly of 3D structures and devices
Electro-mechanical coupling of carbon nanotubes and nanotube composites
Surface morphology evolution of thin film structures at high temperatures
Nanoscale features and their effects on mechanical behavior in biological materials
Domain switching and phase transition in piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials
Accelerated fatigue testing method using piezoelectric actuators
Micro and nano-mechanics on mechanisms of deformation and fracture
Dislocation mechanics and brittle-to-ductile transition
Fluid-solid interaction problems
  • Bio-inspired soft robotics using micro-nanotechnology & planorgan morphogenesis

  • Towards a green future: improving urban farming under tropical weather conditions, for locally-grown vegetables of high quality
  • Arif M. Abdullah, Xiuling Li, Paul V. Braun, John Rogers, K. Jimmy Hsia. (2020). Kirigami Inspired Self-assembly of 3D Structures. Advanced Functional Materials, .

  • Changjin Huang, David Quinn, Yoel Sadovsky, Subra Suresh, K Jimmy Hsia. (2020). Size Analysis of Self-Assembled Vesicles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), .

  • Anna Kalmykov, Changjin Huang, Jacqueline Bliley, Daniel Shiwarski, Joshua Tashman, Arif Abdullah, Sahil Rastogi, Shivani Shukla, Elnatan Mataev, Adam W Feinberg, K Jimmy Hsia, Tzahi Cohen-Karni. (2019). Organ-on-e-chip: Three-dimensional self-rolled biosensor array for electrical interrogations of human electrogenic spheroids. Science Advances, .

  • Changjin Huang, Zilu Wang, David Quinn, Subra Suresh, K. Jimmy Hsia. (2018). Differential Growth and Shape Formation in Plant Organs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), .

  • Arif M. Abdullah, Xiuling Li, Paul V. Braun, John Rogers, K. Jimmy Hsia. (2018). Self-folded Gripper-like Architectures from Stimuli-responsive Bilayers. Advanced Materials, .