Jessica Zhang is the George Tallman Ladd and Florence Barrett Ladd Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) with a courtesy appointment in Department of Biomedical Engineering. She received her B.Eng. in Automotive Engineering and M.Eng. in Engineering Mechanics from Tsinghua University, China; and M.Eng. in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and Ph.D. in Computational Engineering and Sciences from Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES, now Oden Institute), The University of Texas at Austin. After staying two years in ICES as a postdoctoral fellow, she joined CMU in 2007 as an assistant professor, and then was promoted to an associate professor in 2012 and a full professor in 2016.

Zhang's research interests include image processing, computational geometry, mesh generation, finite element method, isogeometric analysis, data-driven simulation and their applications in computational biomedicine, materials science and engineering. Professor Zhang's group develops novel algorithms on biomodeling at molecular, cellular, tissue and organ scales, and explores applications in various application fields. She has co-authored over 190 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and conference proceedings, and received the Best Paper Award 1st Place in Solid and Physical Modeling Conference 2018, Autodesk Best Paper Award 1st Place in SIAM Conference on Solid and Physical Modeling 2015, the Best Paper Award in CompIMAGE'16 conference, one of the 5 Most Highly Cited Papers Published in Computer-Aided Design during 2014-2016, and one of 10 Most Cited Articles Published in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering during 2005-2008. She published a book entitled "Geometric Modeling and Mesh Generation from Scanned Images" with CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group in 2016.

Zhang is the recipient of Simons Visiting Professorship from Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach of Germany, US Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, NSF CAREER Award, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and US Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM) Gallagher Young Investigator Award. At CMU, she received David P. Casasent Outstanding Research Award, George Tallman Ladd and Florence Barrett Ladd Professorship, Clarence H. Adamson Career Faculty Fellow in Mechanical Engineering, Donald L. & Rhonda Struminger Faculty Fellow, and George Tallman Ladd Research Award. She is a Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES) at Drexel, Solid Modeling Association (SMA) and USACM.

Zhang served on the Executive Council of US Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM) and chaired the USACM Technical Thrust Area of Isogeometric Analysis. She also served on the General Council of International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM). As a woman faculty, she has made significant efforts on promoting diversity and young researchers in her research societies. In particular, she is the founding chair of USACM Female Researchers Group. She also chaired the Executive Committee of SMA where she oversaw all SMA businesses, including SMA awards, selecting conference chairs and program chairs for the annual Symposium on Solid and Physical Modeling (SPM), SMA website and mailing list. She initialized the SMA Advisory Board and launched two new awards to recognize outstanding junior and mid-career researchers: SMA Young Investigator Award and SMA Fellow. She is the current Editor-in-Chief of Engineering with Computers. She is also an Associate Editor of five international journals, editor of one contributed volume book, guest editor of seven conference/workshop proceedings, and on the editorial board of eleven international journals.