Lei Zuo completed his PhD from MIT in 2004 and is a Professor in both Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering at Virginia Tech, as serves as the Director of NSF Industry-University Collaborative Research Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems. He is a renowned scholar in the fields of marine energy, energy harvesting, vibration control, and mechatronics design. Prof. Zuo has published more than 270 papers and has advised 12 PhD and 21 MS students to completion and over 10 postdocs. He is the recipient of the 2017 ASME Leonardo Da Vinci Award, 2014 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, and 2015 and 2011 R&D 100 Awards. He is a Fellow of ASME.