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Junliang Tao

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Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3005
Biography

Junliang (Julian) Tao is an associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University. His research interests include bioinspired burrowing mechanisms, bioinspired geosystems, smart and sustainable geosystems and soil behavior. 

Tao has been researching the effective and highly efficient self-burrowing mechanisms of animals — looking at their varied subterranean locomotive abilities. He is extending this research to a new collaborative project to design and develop below-ground sensing networks using robots that mimic burrowing animals and plants. 

In 2018, Tao earned support from a National Science Foundation Early-Concept Grant for Exploratory Research Signals in the Soil award to develop “paradigm-shifting platform technology” for “self-boring robots” from which the next generation of underground wireless sensing networks can be launched (with Daniel Aukes and Hamidreza Marvi).

Education
  • Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • M.S. Tongji University, Shanghai, China
  • B.S.  China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 550Soil Behavior
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 494Special Topics
CEE 598Special Topics
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 550Soil Behavior
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research