Xiaoping Qian





1513 University Avenue

2051 Mechanical Engineering Building

Madison, WI 53706 - 1572

Tel: (608)  890 - 1925

Fax: (608) 265 - 2316

Email: qian(at)engr.wisc.edu


Dr. Xiaoping Qian is the Elmer and Janet Kaiser Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2001. He was a research engineer at GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY from 2001 to 2004. He was with the Illinois Institute of Technology from 2004 to 2013. He is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) since 2015.


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o   Short CV



  • Ph.D. position(s) are available in the group. Please send me an email if you are interested. (June 2020)
  • My keynote talk on Topology optimization for additive manufacturing in SPM 2020 [ Youtube video] (6/2/2020)
  • "Topology optimization of self-supporting support structures for additive manufacturing" by Francesco and Vlad to appear in journal Additive Manufacturing [ pdf ] (4/10/2018)
  • Xilu has successfully finished his Ph.D. defense and joined MSC Software. Congratulations! (12/17/2017)
  • Songtao has passed his Ph.D. defense and joined Siemens Corporate Technology. Congratulations! (5/4/17)
  • Call for Papers: Special Issue on Additive Manufacturing , IISE Transactions Focus Issue on Design and Manufacturing (March, 2017)
  • Special Issue in CAD, "Isogeometric Design and Analysis", edited by Bert Juttler, Xiaoping Qian and Michael A. Scott is now online [ pdf ]
  • Recent work on undercut and overhang angle control in topology optimization to appear in IJNME [ pdf ]
  • Songtao has recently published a paper on Isogeometric Analysis with Bezier Tetrahedra in CMAME [ pdf ]
  • Paper on topology optimization of coupled thermofluid systems to appear in SMO [ pdf ]




His research interests are in the area of computational design, He is interested in developing design methods and computer tools to advance multi-physics applications. His technical contributions span several sub-fields, including geometric modeling, topology optimization, shape optimization and isogeometric analysis.


Current research activities include 1) design for additive manufacturing, 2) multi-physics topology and shape optimization, and 3) isogeometric analysis on triangulations.


o   He directs the Computational Design and Manufacturing Laboratory.


Editorial Activities

o   ASME Journal of Mechanical Design (2018- present)

o   Computer-Aided Design (2012- present)

o   ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering (2012- 2018)

o  ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering (2009- 2015)


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