Jaehyung Ju, Associate Professor of the University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI, JI hereafter), has been elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in recognition of his research and education accomplishments in the area of Applied Mechanics.

Professor Ju speaks at a JI event.

As a prestigious accomplishment, this honor is conferred by the ASME Committee of Past Presidents on worthy candidates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements. Nominated by ASME members and existing fellows, an ASME member must have demonstrated 10 or more years of active practice and at least 10 years of active corporate membership in ASME to earn this honor. The ASME fellow grade recognizes “exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession.” The fellow title has been awarded to only 3,384 out of 70,539 ASME members.

Professor Ju discusses with students on their team project at a JI design expo.

Professor Ju has been an ASME member for 17 years. Since 2011, he has served as a technical committee member of ASME in Composite Materials (Applied Mechanics Division) and Composite and Heterogeneous Materials (Materials Division). He organized symposiums at the ASME IMECE on Mechanical Metamaterials (2017-present) and Mechanics and Design of Cellular Materials (2013-2016), providing a platform for disseminating novel research findings in mechanical metamaterials. Professor Ju also led students to establish an ASME Student Section at JI in 2023 and has since served as the faculty advisor.


Jaehyung Ju is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute. Holding a Ph.D. degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University awarded in 2005, he received the 2015 Orr Best Paper Award from the ASME Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology and the 2012 Young Engineer of the Year Award from the ASME North Texas Section. His current research interests cover the mechanics and design of metamaterials, active metamaterials, and 3D/4D printing. His research group has published works in top journals in mechanics and multidisciplinary areas, such as Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Physical Review Letters, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Extreme Mechanics Letters.