Rui Zhang
Mechanical Engineer

Rui’s favorite project so far is the adaptive wheel-leg combined obstacle detouring robot he made in college.

That robot project supplied many of the moments he lives for as an engineer – those instances when all the puzzle pieces fit together.

Rui’s robotics background enables him to approach engineering problems from mechanical, electrical, and programming perspectives. As a native Chinese speaker, he learns about design for manufacturing by talking to engineers at production sites in China. This helps him foresee potential manufacturing problems during the design phase. He’s a constant student – always asking questions until he fully understands.

Rui earned a Bachelor’s in Mechanical and Automation Engineering from Beihang University in Beijing and an MS in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania. He’s currently pursuing a graduate degree in Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics from Penn State.

He has been awarded two patents, with one pending, and his writing has appeared in several engineering journals. When he’s not at work or studying, Rui’s probably biking, hiking, or cooking a Chinese meal that you can’t find in Chinatown.

If you could redesign anything, what would it be? A travel toothbrush. What are you most curious about? Does a parallel universe really exist? What are other “me’s” up to? What’s your favorite all-time product, and why? The MacBook Pro for its simple and elegant design — form and function are one.