Dr. Zhangxian (Dan) Deng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Boise State University. He joined to the department in July 2018. Prior to Boise State University. Dr. Deng was a postdoctoral researcher at NSF I/UCRC Smart Vehicle Concepts Center (SVC). The fundamental goal of Dr. Deng’s research is to tackle challenging engineering problems by utilizing novel functional/smart materials (e.g., magnetostrictive, piezoelectric, shape memory, magneto-rheological). Dr. Deng’s work covers both fundamental research and applied research. The fundamental research advances understanding of smart materials via multiphysics experiment and modeling. The applied research targets the following objectives: 1) vibration control especially in road vehicles and aircraft; 2) sustainable power sources and wireless sensors for intelligent platforms; and 3) adaptive structures and robust composites.