Xinyu Zhao, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor and Lab director
Group Members
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Connecticut
United Technology Engineering Building Room 378
191 Auditorium Road Unit-3139
Storrs, CT 06269-3139
Tel: 860-486-0241
Email: xinyu.zhao[at]

Detailed CV


  • Ph. D., Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2014
  • M. Sc., Department of Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2008
  • B. Eng., Department of Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2006
  • Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut, 02/2015 to now
  • Visiting scholar, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University, 06/2016 - 07/2016
  • Postdoctoral research fellow, Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center, Princeton University, 2014
  • Projects

  • NSF:CRII: Efficient Radiative Heat Transfer Modeling in Large-Scale Combustion Systems. 07/01/2016 - 06/30/2018. More...
  • FM Global: Detailed Modeling for Turbulent Fire Simulations. 09/01/2016 - 08/31/2017. More...
  • UCONN REP Awards: Direct temperature comparison between experiments and computations through high-fidelity radiation modeling in fire. 07/01/2016 - 06/30/2017. More...
  • Publications

    Invited talks

    • X.-Y. Zhao. Computational Combustion: challenges and opportunities, Pi Tau Sigma general meeting. Nov, 2016. University of Connecticut.
    • X.-Y. Zhao. Computational Thermal Fluids: challenges and opportunities, AIAA student chapter meeting. Nov, 2016. University of Connecticut.
    • X.-Y. Zhao. Monte Carlo Ray Tracing for fire radiation modeling, 8th FM Global Open Source CFD Fire Modeling Workshop. Norwood, Ma. May, 2016.
    • X.-Y. Zhao. Transported probability density function modeling of pulverized coal combustion. Invited to present in the minisymposium "LES modeling of oxy-coal combustion", 15th International Conference on Numerical Combustion. Avignon, France, Apr. 2015.
    • Professional Services

    • Panelist, National Science Foundation CISE panel review, 12/2016.
    • Panelist, graduate career development workshop, 09/2015.
    • Session Chair for the Eastern States Section of Combustion Institute Spring Technical Meeting, Mar. 2016.
    • Session Chair for the 68th American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics meeting, Nov. 2015.
    • Reviewer for Combustion and Flame, Combustion Theory and Modeling, Flow Turbulence and Combustion, etc.
    • Awards and Honors

    • Princeton University Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center Fellowship, 2014
    • Tsinghua-Guanghua Excellent Student Scholarship for Academic Distinction, 2007
    • Tsinghua-Guojiu Maotai Excellent Student Scholarship for Academic Distinction, 2005
    • Thermal Engineering Student Scholarship for Academic Distinction, 2004
    • Tsinghua University Excellent Student Leader, 2004
    • Tsinghua-CNPC Student Scholarship for Academic Distinction, 2003
    • Educational activities

    • ME3275 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics: Fall 2015, 2016
    • ME 5311 Computational methods for viscous flows: Spring 2016
    • A tutorial for using linux and unix systems can be found here.
    • Schedule

      Everything Else that is interesting

    • THUMB@THU, Siyuan@THU, Outdoors, tennis, table-tennis, swimming, jogging, accordion, piano, percussion, guitar