The Third Annual Wilkes University Scholarship Symposium celebration of the outstanding faculty research and scholarship began April 1 in University Center on Main. Yong Zhu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, kicked-off the event with his lecture, “The Future of Robotics: Fantasy, Reality and Ethics.” Zhu’s discussion explored the increasing role robots will have in our society as well as the positive and negatives of robotics in a variety of applications and ethical considerations.
Zhu’s principal areas of research interest include biomechatronics, assistive technology and design and control of bio-inspired intelligent robotic systems. He has worked as a mechanical engineer leader for Computer Sciences Corporation Advanced Marine Center in Washington, D.C., and at Caterpillar Trimble Control Technologies in Dayton, Ohio. Zhu received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
The event continues through Thursday, April 4, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and includes numerous research, performance and poster presentations. The event is free and open to the public.