Dr. Zhao MA is a designer, engineer, and computer scientist based in Zürich, Switzerland. He is currently a lecturer and research associate at ETH Zurich, where he teaches computational methods for design education, and researches computing applications for living systems, robotic fabrication, and geometry processing. He is also a long-term remote consultant for the meta-material 3D-printing company OPTIndustries where he leads design optimization research for the product team.
Believing that modern computational research is impacting beyond current disciplinary structures, Zhao seeks to bridge the fields of design, science and engineering with computing and foster such research through cross-disciplinary collaborations. His work has featured in various awards and patents across disciplines, including architecture, landscape, and computational design.