Dr. Debao Zhou is an Associate Professor in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He joined UMD as an assistant professor in 2009. Prior to this, he was a McKnight professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UMD. From 2005 to 2008, he was with Georgia Tech Research Institute at Georgia Institute of Technology as a Postdoctoral fellow. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical and Production Engineering in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2004. He also earned an M.Eng. degree and a B.Eng. degree from Tsinghua University, P. R. China all in Mechanical Engineering.