Chao Hu

  • Assistant Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (Courtesy)

Main Office

2026 Black Engr
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-0771


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland-College Park, 2011
  • BE, Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University, 2007

Interest Areas

  • Engineering Design under Uncertainty
  • Design of Energy Storage Systems
  • Reliability Analysis and Risk Management
  • Prognostics and Health Management (PHM)

Brief Biography

Selected Awards and Recognitions
  • Highly Cited Research Paper 2012-2013 (Applied Energy), 2015
  • Star of Excellence Individual Award (Medtronic, Inc.), 2014
  • Ford Motor Company – Best Paper Award (ASME Design Automation Conference), 2013
  • Best Paper Award (IEEE PHM Conference, IEEE Reliability Society), 2012
  • Top 10 Best Paper Awards (ASME Design Automation Conference), 2011 and 2012

Selected Publications

  • Hu C., Jain G., Schmidt C., Strief C., and Sullivan M., “Online Estimation of Lithium-Ion Battery Capacity Using Sparse Bayesian Learning,” Journal of Power Sources, v289, p105–113, 2015.
  • Hu C., Youn B.D., Kim T., and Wang P., “A Co-Training-Based Approach for Prediction of Remaining Useful Life Utilizing both Failure and Suspension Data,” Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, v62–63, p75–90, 2015.
  • Fathi R., Burns J.C., Stevens D.A., Ye , Hu C., Jain G., Scott E., Schmidt C., and Dahn J.R., “Ultra High-Precision Studies of Degradation Mechanisms in Aged LiCoO2/Graphite Li-Ion Cells,” Journal of The Electrochemical Society, v161, n10, A1572–A1579, 2014.
  • Hu C., Jain G., Zhang P., Schmidt C., Gomadam P., and Gorka T., “Data-Driven Approach Based on Particle Swarm Optimization and K-Nearest Neighbor Regression for Estimating Capacity of Lithium-Ion Battery,” Applied Energy, v129, p49–55,
  • Hu C., Jain G., Tamirisa P., and Gorka T., “Method for Estimating Capacity and Predicting Remaining Useful Life of Lithium-Ion Battery,” Applied Energy, v126, p182–189,
  • Wang P., Youn B.D., and Hu C., “A Generic Probabilistic Framework for Structural Health Prognostic and Uncertainty Management,” Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, v28, p622–637, 2012.
  • Hu C., Youn B.D., Wang P., and Yoon, J.T., “Ensemble of Data-Driven Prognostic Algorithms for Robust Prediction of Remaining Useful Life,” Reliability Engineering and System Safety, v103, p120–135,
  • Hu C., Youn B.D., and Chung J., “A Multiscale Framework with Extended Kalman Filter for Lithium-Ion Battery SOC and Capacity Estimation,” Applied Energy, v92, p694–704, 2012.
  • Hu C., and Youn B.D., “Adaptive-Sparse Polynomial Chaos Expansion for Reliability Analysis and Design of Complex Engineering Systems,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, v43, n3, p419‒442, 2011.