Stephen Hsu

Stephen Hsu

Address: Exploration Hall
20101 Academic Way
Ashburn, Virginia 20147
Phone: 703-726-8365


Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
(202) 994-6069

Lab Principal - Energy Research:

  • Energy Efficiency Research Laboratory
  • Nanomaterials & Nanomechanics Laboratory


Stephen Hsu, Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, is leading the energy initiative for the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). He was a Sr. Scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for over 25 years and held academic appointments at Penn State University, UMD, and Northwestern University before joining GWU.

Current Research

Research Areas: Energy and sustainability; wind; solar; energy efficient buildings, integrated surface design for friction reduction, hydrophobicity, and drag reduction, self-healing and self-repairing materials design, nanometrology; nanoparticles and nanocomposites; artificial joint replacement materials



Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University


He has published more than 250 papers, edited books and special publications, and holds 7 US patents with 4 provisional patents while at GWU.


He is a world authority on tribology, lubrication science, advanced materials, and material metrology/standards with over 40 Plenary Lectures in major international conferences. He led a congressionally mandated program on oil recycling and the standards developed are still in use today. He received numerous honors and has been elected Fellows of several societies.

Hsu is active in international materials research and standards. He is a member and former Chair of the Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards of the G7 countries for many years. He is the current Vice-chair and operating agent for the International Energy Agency, Implementing Agreement on Advanced Materials coordinating research on advanced materials among the U.S., Canada, U.K, Germany, China, Finland, Israel and Australia on lightweight materials, friction reduction, low-cost carbon fibers, and nanomaterials. He is responsible for producing over 75 ASTM and ISO standards over the years.