Yaoyao Zhao

Associate Professor
Academic title(s): 

William Dawson Scholar

Yaoyao Zhao
Contact Information

Macdonald Engineering Building, Room 148

Email address: 
yaoyao.zhao [at] mcgill.ca

Ph.D. University of Auckland
M.Eng. University of Auckland
B.Eng. Beijing Institute of Technology


MECH 290:Design Graphics (3 Credits)
MECH 360:Principles of Manufacturing (3 Credits)
MECH 560:Eco-design and Product Life Cycle Assessment (3 Credits)

Research areas: 
Design and Manufacturing
Selected publications: 

Authored book:
Yaoyao (Fiona) Zhao, Robert Brown, Thomas Kramer, Xun Xu, “Information Modelling for Interoperable Dimensional Metrology”, September 2011, Springer, ISBN 978-1-4471-2166-4.

Book chapters:

  • Yunlong Tang, Sheng Yang, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, "Sustainable Design for Additive Manufacturing through Functionality Integration and Part Consolidation", Handbook of Sustainability in Additive Manufacturing, Volume 2, edited by Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu and Monica Mahesh Savalani, Springer, pp 101-144, 2016.
  • Guoying Dong, Yunlong Tang, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, "Mesoscale Lattice Structure Design and Simulation with the Support of a Property Database", Advances in Computers and Information in Engineering Research, Volume 1, edited by John G. Michopoulos, Christiaan J.J. Paredis, David W. Rosen and Judy M. Vance, ASME Press, 2020.

Journal articles:

  • JiBing Wang, Xianglin Zhou, Jinghao Li, Mathieu Brochu, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao; “Microstructures and properties of SLM-manufactured Cu-15Ni-8Sn alloy”, Additive Manufacturing, Vol. 31, pp.100921, 2020.
  • Jinghao Li, Xianglin Zhou, Mathieu Brochu, Nikolas Provatas, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao; “Solidification microstructure simulation of Ti-6Al-4V in metal additive manufacturing: a review”, Additive Manufacturing, Vol.31, pp.100989, 2020.
  • Jinghao Li, Manuel Sage, Xiaoyi Guan, Mathieu Brochu, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, “Machine learning-enabled competitive grain growth behaviour study in direct energy deposition fabricated Ti6Al4V”, The Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, Vol. 72, Issue 1, pp. 458-464, 2020.
  • Zhibo Luo, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, “Efficient thermal finite element modeling of selective laser melting of Inconel 718”, Computational Mechanics, in-press, 2019.
  • Guoying Dong, Julien Finley, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, "Investigation of electrochemical post-processing procedure for Ti-6Al-4V lattice structure manufactured by Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)", International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Vol. 104, Issue 9-12, pp 3401-3417, 2019.
  • Yunlong Tang, Zhenyang Gao, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, "Design of conformal porous structures for the cooling system of an injection mold fabricated by Additive Manufacturing Process", Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 141, Issue 10, October 2019.
  • Zhibo Luo, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, "Numerical simulation of part-level temperature fields during selective laser melting of stainless steel 316L", International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Vol.10, No.5, pp 1615-1635, 2019.
  • Yunlong Tang, Guoying Dong, and Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, "A Hybrid Geometric Modeling Method for Lattice Structures Fabricated by Additive Manufacturing", International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Vol. 102, Issue 9-12, pp 4011-4030, 2019.
  • Dawei Li, Ning Dai, Yunlong Tang, Guoying Dong, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, "Design and Optimization of Graded Cellular Structures with Triply Periodic Level Surface-based Topological Shapes", Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol.141, Issue 7, July 2019.
  • Simon D. Tran Yi Lin, Mayumi Umebayashi, Mohamed-Nur Abdallah, Guoying Dong, Michael G. Roskies, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, Monzur Murshed, Zhiguang Zhang, "Combination of polyetherketoneketone scaffold and human mesenchymal stem cells from temporomandibular joint synovial fluid enhances bone regeneration", Scientific Report, published January 24, 2019.
  • Sheng Yang, Thomas Page, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, "Understanding the role of additive manufacturing knowledge in stimulating design innovation for novice designers", Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 141, Issue 2, pp 021703, 2019
  • Sheng Yang, Wenbo Min, Julian Ghibaudo, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, "Understanding the sustainability potential of part consolidation design supported by additive manufacturing", Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 232, pp 722-738, 2019.
  • Sheng Yang, Florian Santoro, Mohamed A Sulthan, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, "A numerical-based part consolidation candidate detection approach with modularization considerations", Research in Engineering Design, Vol. 30, Issue 1, pp. 63-83, 2019.
  • Mina Zhang, Xianglin Zhou, Dafeng Wang, Wuzhi Zhu, Jinghao Li, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, "AlCoCuFeNi high-entropy alloy with tailored microstructure and outstanding compressive properties fabricated via selective laser melting with heat treatment", Materials Science and Engineering: A, Vol. 743, pp 773-784, 2019.
  • Guoying Dong, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, “Numerical and experimental investigation of the joint stiffness in lattice structures fabricated by additive manufacturing”, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Vol. 148, pp 475-485, 2018.
  • Guoying Dong, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, “A 149 Line Homogenization Code for Three-Dimensional Cellular Materials Written in MATLAB”, Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, Vol. 141, Issue 1, 2018
  • Maryam Tavafoghi, Joseph M. Kinsella, Cé Guinto Gamys, Mathilde Gosselin, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, “Silicon-doped hydroxyapatite prepared by a thermal technicque for hard tissue engineering applications” Ceramics International, Vol. 44, pp 17612-17622, 2018.
  • Justin Mezzetta, Joon-Phil Choi, Jason Milligan, Jason Danovitch, Nejib Chekir, Alexandre Bois-Brochu, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, Mathieu Brochu, “Microstructure-Properties Relationships of Ti-6Al-4V Parts Fabricated by Selective Laser Melting”, International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing-Green Technology, Vol. 5, Issue 5, pp 605-612, 2018.
  • Guoying Dong, Grace Wijaya, Yunlong Tang, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, “Optimization Process Parameters of Fused Deposition Modeling by Taguchi Method for the Fabrication of Lattice Structure”, Additive Manufacturing Journal, accepted, Vol. 19, pp. 62-72, 2018.
  • Sheng Yang, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, “Additive manufacturing-enabled part count reduction: a lifecycle perspective”, Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 140, pp, 14-25, 2018.
  • Sheng Yang, Florian Santoro, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, “Towards a numerical approach of finding candidates for additive manufacturing-enabled part consolidation”, Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 140, pp. 1-13, 2018.
  • Zhibo Luo, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, “A survey of finite element analysis of temperature and thermal stress fields in powder bed fusion Additive Manufacturing”, Additive Manufacturing Journal, Vol. 21, pp. 318-332, 2018.
  • Yunlong Tang, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, “Multifunctional design of heterogeneous cellular structures”, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization”, Vol, 58, Issue 3, pp 1121-1138, 2018.
Current research: 

My research interests are in the general area of design and manufacturing, including the exploration of new design methods, manufacturing informatics to support Industry 4.0, sustainable product development and adaptation of artificial intelligent tools for cognitive manufacturing. My research program is focused on three central and connected themes: 1) Sustainable Manufacturing; 2) Additive Manufacturing, and 3) Industry 4.0. The first aims are to develop sustainability analysis methods and material databases, to establish information and process models and metrics, and to analyze end-of-life product reuse/recycling methods. The second aim is to explore new design methods, materials, and tools to support innovative part/product design to fully utilize the potential enabled by additive manufacturing technology. The third theme focuses on investigating and adapting artificial intelligent and machine learning tools for design and manufacturing applications to achieve the next level of intelligent manufacturing.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • ASME Journal of Mechanical Design (JMD) 2019 “Associate Editor Award”.
  • William Dawson Scholar (2019-2022), 2019
  • Design Society Reviewers’ Favourite paper award, 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design, 2019
  • Best Paper Award, the 23rd ASME Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference (DMLC), 2018
  • McGill Association of Mechanical Engineers (MAME) Professor of the Year Award, 2014
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