Mincong Liu


Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering

Major Concentration: Solid Mechanics
Minor Concentration: Computational Science and Engineering

About Mincong: 

I’ve been at Cornell since 2014 as a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering. My research project is the experimental study of the mechanical behaviors of PVA dual-crosslink hydrogel. I have designed and built experimental tools to test material behaviors. My experiments include uniaxial tension tests, fracture tests, fatigue tests and digital image correlation (DIC). For most of those tests, I built the setup from scratch, where I designed the tool, ordered parts, machined parts and put them together. I enjoy building the tools and then testing the materials. I’ve learned a lot of experimental technique from Prof. Zehnder. Click here for a summary of my research.

Besides research, I’m also interested in entrepreneurship. I’ve taken several classes at Johnson School, such as Physical Product Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Marketing, and Consumer Behavior. I was also on one of the teams of Rev Hardware Accelerator during the summer of 2017, where we built an IoT device to help people reduce food waste. I co-founded a student organization “Chinese Entrepreneur Association at Cornell” and we’re promoting entrepreneurship among Chinese students and scholars. We provide career support for our members. We’ve developed partnership with several startup incubators, VCs, and companies.

I like watching soccer games, especially the Premier League. I’ve been a United fan for over 15 years. I was excited to visit Old Trafford during winter 2017. That was one of the best experiences of my life. I also like reptiles, I kept two leopard geckos, a ball python, and several frogs as pets. They are pretty cute. I really enjoy playing with them.


M.S. Mechanical Engineering,  Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

B.S. Automotive Engineering, Dalian Univ. of Technology, Dalian, China

Contact Information: 
Email: ml2379@cornell.edu