Dr. Rusen Yang is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota since 2010. He obtained his M.S. and B.S. in Condensed Matter Physics from Jilin University, China. In 2007, he received his PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, where he continued as Post Doctoral Associate till 2010. His interests are focused on the controlled growth and energy application of piezoelectric nanomaterials. He has authored/co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed journal papers, which have been cited >6,800 times. Dr. Yang has been recognized with the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2012 and 3M Nontenured Faculty Award in 2014. He was selected for the 2013-15 class of McKnight Land-Grant Professors. Group website: