Travis Hu, PhD

Teaching Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering | Metallurgy Building 5 | 303-871-3273

Academic Degree

Ph.D., The University of Akron

Office Information

Metallurgy Building 2450 S Gaylord Street #5 Denver, CO 80208


Dr. Travis S. Hu received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Akron (UA) in May 2012.  He then spent over 2 years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of Florida (UF), respectively.  Since March 2015, Dr. Hu had started to work as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Center for Composite Materials (CCM) at University of Delaware (UD); until Fall 2015 he joined the faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at University of Denver (DU).

Areas of Teaching 

Dr. Hu’s teaching interests are in the areas of Solid Mechanics and Materials Science & Engineering, including: Statics & Dynamics in Engineering; Mechanics of Materials; Biomaterials & Biomechanics; Nanoscience & Nanotechnology; Analytical Methods in Materials Science; Design, Processing & Analysis of Advanced Composites, Coatings and Thin-Films; Finite Element Analysis; Multi-Scale & Multi-Physics Simulations; and Experimental Laboratory Courses.

Research Interests

Dr. Hu’s research activities primarily concentrate in the areas of Bio-/Nano- Materials and Mechanics, Multi-Functional and Energy Materials/Devices, and Nanotechnology Research; with emphasis on bio-inspired design, structure-function relationships, surface/interfacial interactions, transport phenomena and structural hierarchy. 

He seeks organisms and biological structures/materials/systems as ‘elegant’ models to solve intricate engineering problems in an energy-efficient, eco-friendly and sustainable manner, addressing the emergent phenomena and properties across multiple length and temporal scales.  This new paradigm of bio-inspired research is aimed at the elucidation of some of the basic principles and mechanisms in animals/insets/plants’ locomotion, adaptation, bio-mineralization and self-assembly, and to create next-generation smart materials and devices; e.g., dry adhesives; self-cleaning, anti-fouling, anti-bacterial surfaces; self-healing and ware-prevention fibrils and coatings, which are highly desirable in renewable energy, biomedical, environmental and defense applications.