Zhiting Tian

Scholar Zhiting TianThe Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Zhiting Tian, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, for her investigations of nanoscale energy transport processes and their potential applications, which include energy conversion and storage and biomedical uses.

Tian and her ZT Group in the department of mechanical engineering study nanoscale thermal transport properties in semiconductors, polymers, hybrid composites, and novel low-dimensional materials. Because thermal transport properties play an important role in device modeling and effectiveness, it is important to develop accurate and detailed predictions of thermal conductivity.

Current projects in the ZT Group lab include research into ways of enhancing cross-plane thermal conductivity of polymer-based thin films, and nano-engineered thermoelectric systems for lightweight portable power sources.

Tian received her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT, her M.S. in mechanical engineering from SUNY Binghamton, and her bachelor’s in engineering physics from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

In 2016 Tian was awarded an NSF ASSIST travel grant to attend the Academic Leadership in Women Engineering Program of the Society of Women Engineers.

Tian received the 2016 Undergraduate Research Advisor Award for the College of Engineering.




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