Leixin Ma joins SEMTE as an assistant professor in 2023. Before joining ASU, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA. She received her BSc in Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2015, an S.M. degree, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT in 2017 and 2021, respectively.
Her research interest includes fluid-structure interactions of deformable structures, physics-informed machine learning, and the machine learning-aided design of programmable structures and robots.
Her research approach emphasizes a synergic integration of machine learning into traditionally expensive simulations and experiments for nonlinear mechanics problems. Her career goal is a data-driven and physically consistent approach to modeling and designing programmable smart structures and robots, especially under complex fluid flow conditions. Her work has been featured in the Physics of Fluids Journal.