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COSS Lab – Dr. Weihang Zhu

Research Experience for Undergraduates in System Modeling and Simulation (Updated on May 19, 2024)

Five Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) positions are open, funded by U.S. Department of Education. The research field is system modeling and simulation with Simio in Industrial Engineering. The summer period is from mid-May to mid-August 2024. The stipend is $5,100 for the three summer months. The lab is located at S&R2 Building, Room 550, the new System Modeling and Simulation Lab with Alienware Workstations and VR headsets. Interested students please contact me via email with your resume and transcripts (unofficial is OK) as soon as possible.

Research Assistant Positions (Updated on May 19, 2024)

Multiple doctoral research assistant positions are open, funded by National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), and University of Houston Division of Research. The main topics include robotics, mechatronics, automation, machine design, optimization, and artificial intelligence. The projects are on 3D printing, automated mushroom harvesting and optimization, climate-smart agricultural automation, and algae production. The required background is 3D printing, mechatronics, or manufacturing automation, with automation hardware and software development experience. The preferred background includes SolidWorks modeling, finite element analysis, computer vision, virtual reality development, GPU computing, deep learning, and PLC.

Interested students please contact Dr. Weihang Zhu via email at with your resumes and unofficial transcripts. The positions are for doctoral program applicants only. Major can be in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, electrical engineering, or computer science. We can accept outstanding BS to go into Ph.D. program directly. We are constantly seeking talents to join our research group. 

Interested master students with the intent of going for Ph.D. program are welcome to visit our lab and discuss your research interest. We will reply to inquiries if we see a matching background and excellent GPA. 

Interested undergraduate students are welcome to visit our lab. Undergraduate research assistants are often available on a competitive basis in the summers. Undergraduate RAs from our lab are very competitive in internship and job-hunting processes. 

About the COSS Lab

The Computational Optimization and Smart Systems (COSS) Lab was established when Dr. Weihang Zhu (Curriculum Vitae) moved from Lamar University to University of Houston in Fall 2018. The lab is located in SR2-535 and SR2-552 in the Central Campus and SAB1-314 in the Sugar Land Campus, co-located with the new labs in fabrication, additive manufacturing, mechatronics, robotics and automation. As of May 2024, our lab is currently funded by ten federal grants from NSF (3), USDA (3), EPA (1), NASEM (1), OESI (1), Department of Education (1), and two UH internal grants.

About the SMS Lab

The System Modeling and Simulation (SMS) Lab has been established in Spring 2024 with the support from Department of Education. The lab is located in SR2-550 in the Central Campus. The lab is co-directed by Dr. Weihang Zhu, Dr. Suresh Khator, and Dr. Ying Lin. The lab is supervised by Dr. Sandesh Risal. 

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