Xinran (Sharon) Xiao








Experience & Service





Professor                       Michigan State University                         2015-

Associate Professor        Michigan State University                         2008-2015

Associate Professor        Concordia University, Montreal, QC          1997-2000

Assistant Professor         Concordia University, Montreal, QC          1992-1997



Staff Researcher            General Motors Corp, Warren, MI               2002-2008

Senior Engineer             General Motors Corp, Warren, MI               1999-2001



Researcher Associate     IMI, CNRC, Boucherville, QC                    1991-1992



Pratt&Whitney Canada, Longueuil, QC; IAR, CNRC, Ottawa            1998-1999



Concordia University, Montreal, QC                                                1988-1991



Chair, American Society for Composites 30th Annual Technical Conference, 2015.

Topic organizer, ASME IMECE 2014, session organizer, 2013

Program Chair, Battery Congress, Ann Arbor, MI, 2012, 2013, 2014

Chair (2010-), Analysis and Testing Div., American Society for Composites (ASC).

Session Organizer,  Advanced battery Technologies, SAE 2013 World Congress

Session Organizer, Battery Mechanics, SAE 2011, SAE2012 World Congress.

Member of Scientific Committee, 4th Int Conference on Advanced Computation Engineering Mechanics and Experimenting (, July 8-9, 2010.

Chair, Organization committee, Cardon Memorial Symposium, the 1st Joint American & Canadian Technical Conference on Composites, Delaware, USA, Sept 17  2009

Co-Chair (2007-2009), Member (2005-), Composite Materials Handbook (CMH) 17, Crashworthiness Working Group

Member (2001-2008) Energy Management Working Group of Automotive Composite Consortium (ACC) of United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR).

Member (1999-2008) SAE high strain rate tensile testing standardization committee.

Member, Editorial Board, Int. J. Advances in Machining and Forming Operations

Reviewer, J Comp Mat., Appl. Math. Modeling, Comp Sci & Tech, Polymer, Polymer. Composites, Composites Part A & B, J Appl. Polym. Sci., Experimental Tech, SAE, ASME, ASC,  NSF, NSERC

Conference session developer/chair: ASC2008, ASC2007, ICCM-10, CANCOM series (1993-1999), Canada-Japan workshop on composites (1996, 1998).



ASME Fellow, 2014

Visiting Professor, Université Toulouse, France, 2017

Visiting Professor, Université de Bourgogne, France, 2010.

Charles L. McCuen Award, General Motor Corp, 2007.

Tech Center Award of Excellence, General Motor Corp, 1999.

Industrial Chair, Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC), 1995.



Ph. D.    Applied Mechanics 

                Free University of Brussels (VUB)

MS        Materials Science & Engineering 

               Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics          B. Eng.  Materials Science &