Dr. Zhaoshuo Jiang

San Francisco State University

Dr. Zhaoshuo Jiang

Dr. Jiang's practices to improve student success and degree completion embrace the modern technologies that students use in their daily lives. As an example, Dr. Jiang redesigned a course with low success rate by developing a series of novel strategies using mobile technology. These strategies include the development of interactive, concept-rich mobile learning apps to help students practice gained knowledge outside classroom, recorded review videos embedded in the mobile apps to provide review of prerequisite concepts and course contents, and virtual office hours accessible directly on the apps to offer timely guidance and instant feedback. The mobile platform also provide an ideal way to host course materials. Dr. Jiang converted a majority of the necessary materials of this course into digital forms and integrated them into the mobile learning apps. By reducing the cost and need for textbooks through his efforts, the overall savings for students per academic year in this course is expected to be more than $13,000.

In addition to providing better accessibility of the course materials and guidance, Dr. Jiang also committed to seek way for students to access laboratory experiments, a necessary and key component for student success in the engineering field. To achieve this, Dr. Jiang developed an innovative mobile remote laboratory through harnessing the power of mobile technology and Internet of Things (IoT). This mobile remote laboratory offers students the opportunity to remotely participate and conduct real physical experiments through smart mobile devices (e.g. smartphones and tablets) from anywhere at any time.

To further engage and motivate students, Dr. Jiang also collaborates with local and national organizations to provide research opportunities for students to succeed during the summer months. His efforts facilitate student's preparation for the workforce, top-quality training, and development of professional networksto better help students transition from school into professional engineering careers.

Supporting Materials:


  1. Mobile Remote Laboratory Introduction: https://youtu.be/s3t6OhIm-0w
  2. Mobile Remote Laboratory User Feedback: https://youtu.be/apsYezbX-gs
  3. Affordable Instructional Materials: https://youtu.be/WrvTzuQJAII
  4. Sample Recorded Review Video: https://youtu.be/rKf6182Ef-I
  5. NSF REU Program: https://youtu.be/HtbdnvMJrJM

Selected Relevant Publications (*Student):

Z. Merchant, Z. Jiang, and A. Maxwell* (2018). "Teaching Engineering Dynamics and Vibrations Using Emerging Technologies in Undergraduate Engineering Course". Proceedings of 2018 Multidisciplinary Academic Conference on Education, Teaching and E-learning, Prague, Czech Republic.

Maxwell*, Z. Jiang and Z. Merchant (2018), "Using Mobile Learning to Improve Low Success Rate in Engineering Courses", Proceedings of 125th American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, UT.

Z. Jiang, A. Maxwell*, Z. Merchant, P. Harvey, N. Tsuchiya, and C. Chen (2018), "Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Using Mobile Learning in Engineering Dynamics and Vibrations Courses", Proceedings of 125th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, UT.

N. Tsuchiya, Z. Jiang, A. Maxwell*, and Z. Merchant (2018), "Implementation and Assessment of a Remotely Accessible Laboratory in an Engineering Dynamic Systems Course", Proceedings of 125th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, UT.

Z. Jiang, J. Caicedo, and R. Petrulis (2018), "NSF REU SITE: Collaborative Research: Integrated Academia-Industry Research Experience for Undergraduate in Smart Structure Technology", Proceedings of 125th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, UT.

Maxwell*, Z. Jiang, and C. Chen (2017), "Mobile Learning for Undergraduate Course through Interactive Apps and Novel Remote Shake Table Laboratory", Proceedings of 124th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio.

Z. Jiang, C. Liu and A. Maxwell* (2016), "Mobile Learning Modules with Interactive Remote Shake Table Laboratory for Instruction in Engineering", Proceedings of the 9th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, November, Seville, Spain.

Z. Jiang, and A. Maxwell* (2016), "Interactive Remote Shake Table Laboratory for Instruction in Earthquake Engineering", Proceedings of 123rd ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA.