Julian Tao CivilJunliang (Julian) Tao

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering

Faculty member, Biomimicry Research Innovation Center

The University of Akron

Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

M.S. Tongji University, Shanghai, China

B.S.  China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China


Graduate Students

Ph.D Students

JunhongJunhong Li (Jan. 2014- )

M.S. Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan

B.S. Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu, China

Research Interests: Bio-inspired bridge scour countermeasures (Streamlining), surface erosion (scour, over topping)


Hui Tao (Aug. 2014- )

M.S. Hohai University, Nanjing, China

B.S. Huaiyin Institute of Technology, Huaian, China

Research Interests: CFD-DEM coupling, Internal Erosion (Piping and Suffusion), network based data analysis, scientific data visulization


SochuanSichuan Huang (Aug. 2015- )

B.S. Central South University, Changsha, China

Research Interests: Bio-geotechnics (Burrowing, Digging and Swimming of animals), Bio-inspired geotechnical characterization tools


Master students

RuotianRuotian Bao (Jan. 2015-)

B.S. Hefei University of Technology,  Hefei, China

Research Interests: Erosional behavior of Microbial induced calcite precipitation (MICP) treated soil





GaneshGanesh Pandey (Aug. 2016-)

B.S. – Kathmandu Engineering College, Tribhuvan University, Nepal – 2014

Research Topic: Beneficial Utilization of Recycled Glass in Roadway Construction, Post-flood Roadway Shoulder Reconditioning




Undergraduate Students

Gwen Baker


Visiting Scholars

HaichaoHaichao Li

Associate Professor, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin China

M.S. Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China

B.S. Shijiazhuang Railway Institute, Shijiazhuang, China

Research Interests: Bridge Engineering, Ground Improvement


Former Students

Jie HuJie Hu (Aug. 2014-May 2016 )

M.S. Thesis topic: Hybrid Piezo-pyroelectric energy harvesting, Bio-inspired Piezo-electrochromic smart sensors

Last Known position: Ph.D. student at  University of Massachusetts (Lowell)



Brandon Leap (Summer 2016)

High School Summer Research Academy Fellow

Nick Robinson (Summer 2016)

High School Summer Research Academy Fellow

Brandon (Left) and Nick (Right)
Brandon (Left) and Nick (Right)

Candice M Fellows (2013-2014)

Master of Science in Engineering (Co-advised with Prof. Robert Liang)

Thesis topic: Energy Piles: A Theoretical Review of Thermo-mechanical Behavior & Advantages of Future Use In Ohio

Goutham Narayan Mopur (Spring, 2015)

Master Student in Civil Engineering

Research Topic: Stabilization of Peat Subgrade for Existing Roadways Using Geosynthetics Encased Polyurethane Foam Columns: Laboratory Feasibility Study

MatthewMatthew Cymbal (2015-2016)

Matthew Cymbal is currently working towards his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Akron. He worked under Dr. Tao to develop a Remotely Operated Vehicle that inspects bridge scour. Matthew has also held several internships at Gates Corporation in Rochester Hills, Michigan where he conducted testing on Micro-V Belts.




IMG_2122Daniel Gutwein (Summer, 2015)

Undergraduate student in Aerospace Engineering

Research Topic: Bio-inspired piezo-electrochromic materials (synthesis, poling and characterization of PVDF thin films)


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