Notable Scholars & Distinguished Professors
u Kong Jianyi:
Born in Jiangxi Province in 1961, Kong Jianyi is now a doctoral supervisor, professor and president of WUST. He graduated and earned his doctorate in engineering from Universit?t der Bundeswehr Hamburg (University of the German Federal Armed Forces Hamburg) in 1995. He is currently Director of the National Mechanical Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center; Person in charge of the national exemplary course, “Principles of Machinery”; Head of the national teaching team of the foundation course, “Mechanical Engineering and Automation”; and the Disciplinary Leader of the provincial first-level key discipline “Mechanical Engineering”. In addition, he serves on the Mechanism Professional Board of Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society. In recognition of his professional excellence, he has been awarded numerous awards and honors, including:
n National Distinguished Teacher Award
n State Council Expert for Special Allowance
n Guest Professor, Universit?t der Bundeswehr Hamburg
n Excellent Teacher Award, by Baosteel Education Fund（1998）
n Trans-Century Disciplinary Leader, by Hubei Province（1998）
n Outstanding Achievement Award for National Returned Overseas Scholars, by the Organization Department, Publicity Department, United Front Work Department, and Ministry of Personnel, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science and Technology（2003）
n New Century High-level Talent (first level) , by Hubei Province（2006）
n Outstanding Scientific and Technological Worker, by Hubei Province（2006）
As an educator, he has been dedicated to teaching at WUST for almost thirty years, teaching a range of courses from the undergraduate to the Ph.D. levels: Principles of Machinery, and Mechanical Design Fundamentals to undergraduates; Analysis and Synthesis of Mechanisms, and Modern Design Methods to graduates; and Robot Dynamics and Control, and Fracture Mechanics to Ph.D. candidates. A total of fifty-odd graduate students have been or are under his guidance, with more than twenty having graduated with honors,
As a researcher, he has undertaken or participates in more than thirty scientific research projects of various types and scales, including the National 863/CIMS project, a key research project of Ministry of Education, and other projects funded by the Natural Science Foundation of Hubei Province’s, Education Department and the Science and Technology Bureau of Wuhan City. He is the author of 60-plus authoritative journal and conference papers, among which over 20 have been indexed in three major index systems (SCI, EI, and ISTP). His other important publications include four textbooks and monographs, which have earned him a multitude of awards from the government to the college/university level (ministry/province-level awards: two first prizes, three second prizes, one third prize; as well as six first prizes conferred by WUST).
Professor Kong has long been devoted to teaching and research in the area of machinery principles and mechanical design. He has successively offered six different courses for undergraduates and postgraduates; He is in charge of one state-level teaching research project and is the winner of five province-level awards (three first prizes and two second prizes) for his remarkable teaching achievements. He has co-edited and published four textbook series, including,amongst others, Principles of Machinery (the Higher Education 11th Five-Year Plan Textbook, China Machine Press, 2nd ed., 2007); he has published more than 100 academic papers; he has finished or undertaken twenty-plus scientific research projects at the ministry and province-levels, for which he has received State Science and Technology Advancement Awards (both second class), three ministry/province-level Science and Technology Advancement Awards (two first prizes plus one second prize).
Professor Kong’s Perception of Education: An individual’s creativity and success result from his ongoing struggle; and this struggle comes from silent dedication; and one’s dedication stems from the self-perfection of his moral character. Or conversely, an iron will, plus struggle and dedication, will lead one to ultimate success. My perception of more than a twenty-year-long teaching experience can be best put in my supervisor’s words of encouragement: ‘Toughen yourself up in adversity, nurture others with tender affection.’”
Professor Kong’s Message to Teachers: As Han Yu, a scholar during the Tang Dynasty, remarked on teachers’ roles, “It takes a teacher to transmit wisdom, impart knowledge, and resolve doubts”; A teacher’s responsibility lies not only in imparting knowledge to students, but, more importantly, in passing on wisdom to them and dispelling their doubts. That is to say, imparting knowledge as well as educating students by integrating instruction and guidance are the necessary makings of a good teacher. Confucius also says, “A man who is upright is obeyed even if he gives no orders.” In this sense, teachers themselves, as the role models for students, should be academically knowledgeable, morally upright, and self-disciplined in order to encourage their students to be the same.
Professor Kong’s Mottos:
n Virtue is the root of realism; realism the basis of erudition; erudition the source of innovation; and innovation is fundamental for the building up of the nation.
n Treating others generously, conducting ourselves modestly, doing research enterprisingly, handling affairs responsibly.
u Chen Kuisheng:
Mr. Chen Kuisheng was born in Huanggang, Hubei in January 1958. He graduated from Wuhan University of Science and Technology in November 1985, and obtained a Master of Science in Engineering, and is currently a Professor at Wuhan University of Science and Technology and a doctoral supervisor. He has received the following titles and awards: “National Excellent Teacher”, “Renowned Teachers Award in Hubei Province”, and “Baosteel Education Award for Excellent Teacher”.
1. He is meticulous and diligent in teaching.
Professor Chen Kuisheng has been working on the frontline in teaching and research for 28 years. He is the academic leader of machinery and electronics subjects, the head of the national course, Hydraulic and Pneumatic Transmission, and the leader of a teaching team. In addition, he teaches undergraduates Hydraulic and Pneumatic Transmission, Hydraulic Servo-Systems and guides them in curriculum design and innovative experiments. Also, he teaches postgraduate courses, such as Modern Digital Control Engineering etc. Although busily engaged, he remains meticulous and diligent in his work.
Professor Chen is fully dedicated to his work. He continually modifies lesson plans to enhance the teaching effects, and often produces animated clips and multimedia courseware to stimulate students ' interest in learning. Knowing the teaching content thoroughly, he is well prepared for each class, and ready to stand in front of his students with the best spirit and enthusiasm. He is knowledgeable and passionate in explaining all sorts of concepts, principles, and formulas, making seemingly boring and difficult learning points accessible and popular to students; and he presents his learners with the latest in scientific knowledge and the most up-to-date achievements in scientific research. He often uses his own insights in learning, work, and life to motivate students, helping them establish lofty ideals with the determination to become the pillars of our country.
Professor Chen impresses his students with his good teaching methods and high morality. Zhang Chao, a student majoring in Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, once described him in the Hydraulic and Pneumatic Transmission teaching survey, as follows: Mr. Chen, the one who taught us Hydraulic and Pneumatic Transmission, conquered us with his immense and extensive knowledge and rigorous and meticulous research manner. He brought us not only thorough explanations in book knowledge, but also the international developments on the frontiers of the subject. Moreover, he encouraged us with his own learning experience, mentoring us with principles of work and life. Being in his class was like enjoying a great concert; and that’s why his Hydraulic and Pneumatic Transmission course was popular with us and enjoyed maximum attendance. ”
2. He is productive in teaching research.
Professor Chen attaches great importance to teaching research and teaching reform. His main academic contributions in teaching research and reform are as follows: He has completed and is undertaking seven national and provincial teaching research and reform projects and has published more than ten articles in noted academic journals. He has received the following awards: first prize in national level Higher Education Achievement , once the first prize and twice the second prize in Higher Education Achievements in Hubei Province.
With the Hydraulic and Pneumatic Transmission course as a breakthrough, taking the research of “The Study and Practice of Functional Method in Teaching Models of Hydraulic and Pneumatic Transmission as the basis, he established the functional units building methodology, which then was integrated into the sessions of teaching materials preparation, course structure design and teaching procedures, which led to the compiling and writing of a series of revised textbooks aiming at inspiring students’ thirst for knowledge and cultivating their creativeness. He constructed modular experimental system of project, integrating internal and external resources of WUST for a featured hydraulic teaching practice platform, which combines “functional units building” didactics with mechanical innovation training and the construction of state-level experimental teaching demonstration center of machinery to inspire innovative thinking, strengthen creative practical training and thus profoundly improve students ' innovation abilities. Professor Chen was rewarded national and provincial first prize higher education achievement in 2009 for this study he conducted.
He has been working on textbook writing with great commitment. In June 2001, he worked as the Editor-in-Chief of the General Higher Education 11th Five-Year NationalProgrammed Textbooks, publishing Hydraulic and Pneumatic Transmission. Professor Su Yinao, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, made a comment regarding this textbook as follows: In this textbook, Professor Chen employs an elementary functional method in an all-round way to reform and upgrade a classic course with modern technology, which advances with time and achieves outstanding results. I see it as a major reform and improvement of the course, and believe it will have a great impact on the ideas and means of education, teaching, learning, and their applications.” It also enjoys the recognition of a number of domestic leading experts in mechanism. With Professor Chen as the head of the teachers’ team, in the Hydraulic and Pneumatic Transmission course, it was honored as an Excellent Course in Hubei Province in 2004 and a National Excellent Course in 2009.
Moreover, he attaches great importance to experimental teaching and laboratory construction. He insists on upholding the idea of practice teaching and its reform which encourages students’ harmonious development of knowledge, ability, and quality, and a measured progress promoted through learning, practice, and innovation to inspire their interest in learning, developing their ideas and broadening their horizons.
3. He is a dedicated mentor to young teachers.
As head of the teaching team of specialized courses in Mechatronic Engineering, Professor Chen has been instructing and influencing young teachers to teach and conduct research. Upon a series of principles that he made based on a “tutorial system”, new teachers in his team must go completely through teaching procedures, namely, taking notes while attending others’ classes, completing all assignments before class, correcting students’ mistakes in their paper assignments, etc. He himself often reads and checks their efforts and exchanges his opinions with them to help them map out their teaching plans and schedules.
With his support, the young college teachers teaching seminar is regularly conducted to enhance horizontal communication between young teachers, hence improve their teaching skills. For many years, Professor Chen Kuisheng has been personally mentoring and guiding young teachers who then become the backbone of teaching. Rong Zhijun, the “promising young teacher “of 2009, has expressed with feeling that Chen was very meticulous and strict with me, sometimes even too hard, but I have to thank him. Without his rigor and careful guidance, I could never have made great progress in teaching.
In order to accelerate the growth of young teachers, he guides them in career planning, encourages their participation in scientific research and teaching reform projects, and supports their attendance in academic exchange activities and further education. His teaching team then becomes dynamic and outstanding thanks to his dedication and influence.
4. He is a fruitful researcher.
Professor Chen believes that engineering teachers must obtain professional teaching skills and solid foundations in theory and good academic quality. Also, they must persist in scientific research to better improve their teaching methods, converting their research results into teaching materials.
His main academic contributions are as follows: He has headed and participated in more than thirty projects, including the national 863 project, a Ministry of education technology research focus project, Hubei Province Science Fund, and Hubei Province education major project, Wuhan Technology Council project etc. He has published more than 100 papers in noted academic journals, among which more than 30 were indexed by SCI, EI, and ISTP.
He has received the following awards in research: once, third prize and thrice, second prize in the Hubei Province Science and Technology Progress Awards; three times, second prize in the National Science and Technology Progress Awards, with a project entitled
u Liao Hanyuan:
Liao Hanyuan, born in August 1938, is currently a professor of the School of Machinery and Automation and the esteemed winner of the first “Teaching Celebrities” at the provincial level. He graduated from Huazhong Institute of Technology in 1960 and has been teaching at the university level for 47 years. In 1993 he was awarded the honor of “Hubei Provincial Excellent Teacher” by the Personnel Department and the Education Commission of Hubei Province and the Special Government Allowances by the State Council; in 1997, the honor of “Excellent Communist Party Member” by the Work Committee of Colleges and the Education Commission of Hubei Province; in 2003, the honor of “Teaching Celebrities in Higher Education” at the provincial level.
Prof. Liao has been teaching the courses of Principles of Machinery, Mechanism, etc. and always inspires love and respect among his students. His publications include the Teaching Syllabus for Principles of Machinery,Course Design Guide, Teaching Instruction for Principles of Machinery, Synthesis and Optimization of Mechanisms, Design Principles and the Application of Jaw Crusher, together with more than thirty journal papers. In honor of his achievements, he won the second-class prize for Teaching Reform Achievement, awarded by the Ministry of Metallurgical Industries, the first-class and second-class prizes at the provincial level. With these honors, he was recommended by the Hubei Teaching Association of Principles of Machinery to give teaching demonstrations for all the teaching counterparts in Hubei. In teaching and research, Prof. Liao values the cultivation of systematic designing ability and innovative spirit. He effectively compiled the textbook Principles of Machinery in an analytic way, which is rated very high among experts in this field and was elected as the key textbook at the ministry level. Attaching equal importance to knowledge transmission and spirit cultivation, Prof. Liao has supervised and directed more than ten young teachers who have developed into first-rate teachers and won such honors as first-class prizes in the Young Teachers’ Teaching Competition, Top Ten Young Teachers, etc.
u Deng Zehong:
Deng Zehong is a professor in the School of Literature, Law, and Economics, the honorable winner of “Provincial Excellent Teacher”, “Teaching Celebrities”, both at the school and the provincial level, an expert enjoying government allowances, the director of the quality course World Politics, Economy, and International Relations both at the provincial and national level, the leader of the provincial teaching group for the core courses in the field of political science and public administration.
Prof. Deng is also the director of the National Association of Public Policy, the deputy chairman and general secretary of the Hubei Association of Public Administration, the standing director of the Hubei Association of Political Science, and a special researcher in the Policy Research Center of the Hubei Provincial Party Committee.
Prof. Deng is now undertaking a sub-project of a national teaching research project, a teaching research project and several other social science projects at the provincial level. Among all the projects completed with Prof. Deng as the leader, there are two projects funded by the National Social Science Foundation, one projected funded by the Hubei Social Science Foundation, two soft science projects funded by the Science and Technology Department of Hubei Province, two major projects funded by the Policy Research Center of the Hubei Provincial Party Committee. He won the “Excellent Teacher Award” by the Education Foundation of Baoshan Iron and Steel Co., Ltd., a second-class prize of provincial Higher Education Teaching Achievement, a third-class prize in the 6th Social Science Research Achievement, and a third-class prize in the 1st Development Research Achievement funded by the Hubei provincial government, a third-class prize in the 10th Social Science Research Achievement funded by the Wuhan municipal government. Under his supervision, two and three undergraduates won first-class and third-class prizes for “Outstanding Bachelors Thesis”, respectively.
His publications include the textbook Contemporary World Politics, Economy and International Relations, three monographs on U.S. Chinese Policy and the CPC’s Nation-building Strategy between 1945-1949，A Public-administration Perspective on One Country, Two systems— a comparative analysis of contemporary public administration of Hongkong, Macao and Taiwan, and On the Social Support Environment for the Development of the Private Economy in Hubei，as well as more than 60 academic papers in such authoritative and core journals as Comparative Economic and Social Systems, Hubei Social Sciences, Journal of Wuhan University, Jianghan Forum, among which ten have been reprinted by the Information Center for Social Sciences, RUC, one by the Chinese Social Science Digest, three included in international conference proceedings, and one rated as an outstanding academic paper by the Colby Information Center of Science and Culture.
Wu Huaiyu, born in April 1961, is a professor and Ph.D. supervisor of the School of Information Science and Engineering and an honorable winner of the “National Excellent Teacher” award and “Teaching Celebrities” at the provincial level. Prof. Wu is also the director of the national quality course, Automatic Control Principles, and the leader of the national teaching group for the Core Course of Control Theories and Applications. He is now a member of the Intercollegiate Teaching Guidance Committee of the Ministry of Education on Automation-related majors and the Expert Consultative Committee of the Chinese Association of Automation, the deputy director of the Hubei Association of Automation, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers（IEEE）, and a member of the 11th and 12th Wuhan Committees of the CPPCC.
Prof. Wu has been dedicated to teaching and research in the fields of Control Sciences and Engineering, Computer Controls and Applications, which has made him the leader of two projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundations, four projects funded by the Science and Technology Foundations at the ministry or provincial level, five course-reforming research projects at the national or provincial level, together with many other projects in cooperation with various economic enterprises.
Prof. Wu has published more than 60 academic thesis in such journals as IEEE Trans. on Robotics, IEEE/ASME Trans. on Mechatronics, IEICE Trans. on Electronics, Mechatronics, Neurocomputing, Control Theories and Applications and more than ten teaching research papers in the Journal of Electrical and Electronic Education, and the Journal of Higher Education, etc. His publications also include one academic monograph, Time Series Analysis and Synthesis and three textbooks: Automatic Control Principles, Intelligent Vehicle Design for College Students: Fundamentals and Practice, An Experimental Course in Control Theory and Systems Analysis, with the second edition of Automatic Control Principles being selected among the first lot of national textbooks for general undergraduate education during the 12th five-year-plan period. Among all the honors and awards he has received, there are two national invention patents, two utility model patents, and one second-class prize for Teaching Achievements at the national level, as well as three Science and Technology Awards, one first-class prize for his Excellent Natural Science Thesis, and two prizes for Teaching Achievement at the provincial level.
u Li Nan:
Chair professor of WUST, a doctoral supervisor. He was formerly the head of the materials science department of Wuhan Institute of Iron and Steel, the dean of the School of Materials Science, the chief of Key Laboratory of Refractories and Ceramics of Hubei province，a committee member of the 3rd, 5th, 7th international conferences on sintering science and technology and the 6th , 7th, 8th, and 9th international round-table conferences on sintering, the organizing committee chairman of the 6th international conference of sintering science and technology. Now he is a council member of the Chinese society for metals, the vice chairman of the refractory branch of the Chinese society for metals, a Chinese executive member of UNITECR, a member of the editorial board of Refractories Applications and News, and Science of Sintering. He has made outstanding contributions to the province and the state, and enjoys a state council special allowance. In 2010, for his huge contribution to the development of refractory technology, he was honored as an “excellent refractory person” by the China Refractory Industry Association.
He has been teaching for more than forty years and was once awarded the honor of “excellent teacher in Hubei province” and “national advanced educator in metallurgical systems” for his wholehearted devotion to the profession of education, his rigorous scholarship and respectable words and deeds. Up to now he has mentored more than sixty professionals, including postgraduates and Ph.D. graduates.
In the field of scientific research, Professor Li Nan forges ahead with determination and innovation, and has made huge contributions to research and development, as well as in the achievement of the transformation of new types of refractory. In the late 1970s, he conducted research in the utilization and deep processing of refractory resources. His research entitled “Synthetic mullite made from all natural ingredients” was honored with the 3rd rank award of the NationalPrizeforProgressinScienceandTechnology and the special award of the international science society of sintering. In the 1980s, he first carried out research on refractory composited with carbon, oxide or non-oxide; and he published a monograph, Refractory Composited with Carbon. The products based on his research have been widely used by some steel companies. He has twice won the 3rd prize of provincial scientific progress awards and greatly accelerated the development of refractory in China. From the late 1990s to the start of this century, he has been focusing on the research of the interaction between refractory and steel, and refractory for clean steel. During this period, he published a monograph, the Interaction between Refractory and Steel and its Impact on the Quality of Steel. “A comprehensive technical study of tundish refractories” was honored with the 2nd rank award of Technology Progress Award of the State Bureau of metallurgical industry. “The basic research of preparation and utilization process of refractories” was honored with the 2nd prize of Natural Science Award of Hubei province. In recent years, he has been engaged in the research of Thermomechanical Stress of the lining and constructional element of refractories, as well as using magnesite and raw ore to produce light and energy-saving refractories. His “Ferrousmetallurgytransportation and technology for effective and long-life lining of refining furnaces” was honored with the 2nd rank award of NationalPrizeforProgressinScienceandTechnology. “Research on the Thermomechanical Stress of lining and constructional element of refractories” and “Research on the damage mechanism of molten iron desulphurization injection lance and ways to increase its durability” have been honored with the 1st and 3rd prize of Technology Progress Award in Hubei province respectively. In addition, one of this monographs, Refractory Science, has been published.
In all, Professor Li Nan is the author of five monographs; he has been the chief editor of two international conference proceedings; he is the holder of forty patents and the author of more than articles in some important domestic and foreign journals. 161 of his papers have been collected by SCI, EI, and ISTP (55 by SCI, 102 by EI, 4 by ISTP).
Professor Li Nan has made significant contributions in such fields as the comprehensiveutilization and deep development of refractory, the development, popularization and application of refractory composited with carbon or non-oxide, the interaction between refractory and steel, and so on. For his major achievements in the development and innovation of refractory technology, he is one of the most important representativepersonages in the international refractory field.
u Fang Kangling:
Fang Kangling, (female, CPC, born in Wuhan, China), was graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, majoring in Radio Acoustics Engineering in 1968. She is a professor and doctoral supervisor of Information Science and Engineering, and the academic leader of Automation disciplines at WUST. She is a member of the Intelligent Automation Committee of CAA , the Control and Intelligent Management Committee of CAAI, and the State Council Special Allowance has been conferred on her.
? National Metallurgical Advanced Education Workers, Ministry of Metallurgical Industry, 1986
? Outstanding Communists of Hubei Province, 1995
? National Outstanding Teachers of China, Ministry of Education, 1998
? Labor models of Hubei Province, 2000
? National Labor Medal of China, 2003
? Science and Technology Elite of Hubei Province, 2004
? Outstanding Scientific and Technological Workers of Hubei Province, 2008
Prof. Fang has chaired many projects: one National Scientific and Technological Project, two 863 Projects, two National Natural Science Foundations of China, etc. In the recent five years. And she has been responsible for about ten scientific research projects supported by enterprises. She has won five provincial second prizes in technology progress, five patents for inventions, nine patents for utility models, of which six patents have been disclosed. She has publicized over eighty academic papers, of which forty have been indexed by SCI, EI, and ISTP. She edited process control systemS (Wuhan University of Technology Press, 2002, 2007), Process control and the centralization and looseness system (Publishing House of Electronics Industry, 2009), which are both widely accepted.
She has proposed several methods aimed at solving problems in the steelmaking process--the deviation-based fuzzy decoupling method, the intermittent optimization method, the analysis of the observation- data-sequence difference method, and the online prediction model of aluminum mixing. All these methods have achieved good effects.
u Song Yijie:
Song Yijie, (Ph.D., Canadian), is an innovative talent in the“Thousand Talents Program”,an evaluation expert in the 8th and 9th “Thousand Talents Program”and the correspondent evaluation expert of“Thousand Young Talents Program”, and a Professor of Engineering.
? 1978-1982, Bachelor of Engineering, Ceramic Engineering Department, JINGDEZHEN CERAMIC INSTITUTE
? 1982-1985, Master of Engineering, Inorganic Non-metallic Materials Department, EAST CHINA UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
? 1985-1989, engineer, Refractory Materials Department, Glass Ceramic Industry Institute of the Ministry of Light Industry
? 1989-1994, Ph.D., department of Materials Science and Technology, University of Limerick
? 1995-1999, postdoctoral researcher, visiting scientist, department of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Toronto
? 1999-2002, project leader，materials engineer, Saint-Gobain Performance Ceramics Company, USA
? 2003-2005, project leader，materials engineer, S&L Group, Canada
? 2005-2010, project manager，senior materials engineer, Vesuvius Research Center, USA
? 2010-Present, chief expert, professor of engineering, Refractory Materials Company, WISCO, China
Prof. Song has made great contributions in Silicon-nitride ball bearings of Structure Ceramics, which have been widely applied in the aerospace industry, the military industry, and mechanical engineering. He is one of the few experts in the core productive technology of hi-tech ceramics. The functional refractory materials of zirconium and aluminum--containing-carbon even with casting which he innovated and improved has been applied in many famous steelmaking companies worldwide.
u “Thousand Talents Program” Professor —— Professor. C.A.Floudas
Professor C.A.Floudas is currently a professor at Princeton University, a member of The National Academy of Engineering of the United States and the former dean of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChe). As a world-renowned professor in the field of Industrial and Systems Engineering, he has enjoyed many honors and received numerous awards, such as the Professional Progress Award of AIChe, and as a lecturer-professor of “the Chutian Scholar Program” of Hubei Province. He has made distinguished contributions to mathematical modeling, the optimization of complex systems, and to computational chemistry. He has undertaken 12 key research programs under the aegis of the American Science Foundation and won 6 invention patents. His academic achievements have been applied to chemical production process control, iron and steel manufacturing optimization, achieving great economic and social effects.
Professor C. A. Floudas has cooperated with Wuhan University of Science and Technology (WUST) since 2008, leading the “Green Production and Industrial and Systems Engineering” research team, which has undertaken a lot of major national research programs in the field of Iron and Steel Manufacturing system and Global Optimization. These programs include a key project in the National Science and Technology Pillar Program during the Eleventh Five-year Plan Period, a project supported by The State High-tech Development Plan (The 863 Program), and a project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China. The team has realized interim goal achievements, some of which have been put into practice in WISCO, producing remarkable effects both in increasing the efficiency of resources use and in energy saving.
u “Hundred Talents Program” Professor —— Professor Zhang Shaowei
Professor Zhang Shaowei, born in 1964, graduated from Wuhan Institute of Iron and Steel (a former appellation of the present Wuhan University of Science and Technology) with a Bachelor’s degree in 1984. He earned his Master’s degree from Luoyang Institute of Refractories Research in 1989 and his Ph.D. degree from Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan, in 1996. He was an assistant professor at Nagoya Institute of Technology from 1996-1997, a post-doctorate at the University of Sheffield from 1997-2004, where he served as a Lecturer and then Professor at the University of Sheffield. Professor Zhang is now working as a Professor at the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences of the University of Exeter (one of the top 10 universities in the UK).
Professor Zhang has been honored as a British Outstanding Youth Fund Researcher for his scientific work in ceramics and refractories; and he is recognized as a leading figure in the international field of refractory materials. He is also a technical consultant to more than ten ceramic and refractory companies, such as Vesuvius Refractories, Ltd. and Morgan Thermal Ceramics, Ltd. Professor Zhang has accomplished great achievements and has taken the lead in the field of thermodynamic simulation of ceramics, microstructures of ceramics, corrosion treatment of ceramic materials and of refractory materials, low temperature synthesis of high-temperature ceramic materials, novel carbon composites (especially novel carbon ceramic materials), and preparation and properties of graphene-based composites.
Professor Zhang has carried out more than twenty research projects in China, Japan, and Britain (eight of which are National Fund projects of Great Britain, amounting to more than ?3,000,000). He has published more than 150 academic papers and his papers have been cited more than 850 times, thus making him one of the most frequently cited writers in the field of refractories. He has jointly published five academic monographs and has patented fifteen inventions, both in Japan and in China. He has been the winner of many honors and awards, among which are the Wakabayashi Award from the Technical Association of Refractories, Japan (TARJ), the Best Paper award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the National Second Prize for Progress in Science and Technology, China. He is the editor-in-Chief of the international journal of Refractory Manual; the editor of Advances in Applied Ceramics, Interceram, and China’s Refractories; an evaluation expert of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ( EPSRC), Britain; a member of the Decision-making Committee of the Structure Ceramics Research Center at Imperial College, UK; and a reviewer for 25 international academic journals. Professor Zhang has been invited to present special reports at thirteen international conferences and has organized four international academic conferences in Japan, Canada, France, and China.