Kathy Lu is a Professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. She received her Ph.D. from Materials Science and Engineering of Ohio State University, her M.S. from Materials Science and Engineering of Ohio State University, and her B.S. in Ceramics of Tianjin University, Tianjin, China.
From August 2004 to now, Kathy Lu has been a Professor in Department of Materials Science and Engineering of Virginia Tech. During 2001-2004, she was a Materials Development and Processing Scientist at Energizer Battery Company. During 2000-2001, she was the Director of Materials Processing, Center for Innovative Sintered Products of Pennsylvania State University.
Lu’s research group has published >130 peer-reviewed journal papers, >20 peer-reviewed proceeding papers, and 3 book chapters. In addition, she has edited 5 books, single-authored 2 textbooks, and given >130 presentations/posters. Her research interest is on powder materials, energy materials, composites, and functionally/structurally graded materials and porous materials.
She is the recipient of 2016 Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Research Excellence, 2012 Virginia Tech College of Engineering Faculty Fellow Award, 2011 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and 2005 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award.
Kathy is a member of the Engineering Ceramics Division of ACerS and NICE. She was the recipient of the 2008 Karl Schwartzwalder-Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering Award. She is an Associate Editor of The Journal of the American Ceramic Society. Kathy served as the Secretary, Vice President, President-Elect, and President of National Institute of Ceramic Engineers from 2011-2015 and has organized 22 ACerS-sponsored symposia for different conferences.
She is keenly interested in promoting STEM education and diversity in engineering. Kathy also enjoys the beautiful outdoors of the not-so-easy-to-reach Blacksburg, Virginia area.