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Name: Jiayao Ma
Gender: Male
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Professional title: Associate Professor
Institution: Department of Mechanical Engineering Specialty: Structural Engineering
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Office: Room 223, Building No. 37
Education: 2007.10-2011.05 DPhil (PhD) in Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
2003.09-2007.06 BEng in Civil Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Academic experience: 2015.10-Present Associate Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University, China, selected as one of Tianjin
2011.08-2015.09 Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, UK

Research interest: Origami structures, Deployable structures, Thin-walled energy absorption devices, Minimally invasive medical foldables


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Research projects: 2016.01-2019.12, Fundamental theory and rigid-flexible transformation principle of deployable braided mechanism for precise minimally invasive surgical instrument, funded by NSFC, project No. 51575377, principle investigator.

Selected publications: (1) Ma, J.; Dai, H.; Chai, S.; Chen, Y.; Energy absorption of sandwich structures with a kirigami-inspired pyramid foldcore under quasi-static compression and shear, Materials and Design, 2021, 206: 109808.
(2) Ma, J.; Feng, H.; Chen, Y.; Hou, D.; You, Z.; Folding of tubular waterbomb, Research,2020, 2020: 1735081.
(3) Ma, J.; Zang, S.; Chen, Y.; You, Z.; The tessellation rule and properties programming of origami metasheets built with a mixture of rigid and non-rigid square-twist patterns, Engineering, 2022, 17: 82-92.
(4) Ma, J.; Song, J.; Chen, Y.; An origami-inspired structure with graded stiffness,
International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 2018, 136: 134-142.
(5) Wang, S.; Yang, X.; Chen, Y.; Ma, J.; A theoretical design of a bellow-shaped statically balanced compliant mechanism, Mechanism and Machine Theory, 2021, 161: 104295.

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