Luna Lu

Luna Lu is the founding director of the Center for Intelligent Infrastructure, ACPA Scholar & Professor of the Lyles School of Civil Engineering and the School of Materials Engineering (courtesy appointment), and Birck Nanotechnology Center at Purdue University. She is also an editor-in-chief of ES Materials and Manufacturing journal, which covers a wide range of research topics in all experimental and theoretical aspects of materials and manufacturing processes. Prof. Lu is internationally recognized for her research in discovery and applications of nanomaterials for energy production and sensing, particularly in the areas of thermoelectric, piezoelectric, and solar cells. Her integration of nanotechnology, material science, and electrical engineering with civil engineering has led to many technological improvements in a broad array of engineering disciplines. These include wide bandgap materials for high temperature energy harvesting, piezoelectric materials for infrastructure sensing and multifunctional civil infrastructure materials. Prof. Lu has published 2 books, 6 book chapters, over 100 technical papers, 1 patent, and 7 patent disclosures. She has delivered numerous keynote and invited talks at top tier international conferences such as Materials Research Society (MRS), Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and the International Society for Optics and Optoelectronics (SPIE), etc. Prof. Lu has received numerous awards and recognition for her teaching, research, and entrepreneurial activities, including NSF CAREER award, Purdue Faculty Scholar, Harold Munson Outstanding Teaching Award, and Purdue Outstanding Faculty Mentor for Graduate Students etc. Prof. Lu has transferred several of her inventions to industrial sectors and co-founded several start-up companies.

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