• Notable Scholars&Distinguished Professors

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 Fund1998

n  Trans-Century Disciplinary Leader, by Hubei Province1998

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 Technology2003

n  New Century High-level Talent (first level) , by Hubei Province2006

n  Outstanding Scientific and Technological Worker, by Hubei Province2006

 

    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“The Key Technology Development on Efficient Utilization of Iron Slag Dust and Its Application in Industry”“  The Sustainable and Efficient Use Technology of Lining Material in  Storage and Refinement Facilities of Iron and Steel Field” and “The Key  Technology on Controlling of the Main Pollutions in the process of  Coking”

 

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 1945-1949A  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 Hubeias 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.

 

u  Wu Huaiyu:

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 EngineersIEEE, 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 provincea  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.

Various Honors:

?  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

Career

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.

Contributions:

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 theThousand Talents Program”,an evaluation expert in the 8th and 9th Thousand Talents Programand the correspondent evaluation expert ofThousand Young Talents Program, and a Professor of Engineering.

Background

?  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 leadermaterials engineer, Saint-Gobain Performance Ceramics Company, USA

?  2003-2005, project leadermaterials engineer, S&L Group, Canada

?  2005-2010, project managersenior materials engineer, Vesuvius Research Center, USA

?  2010-Present, chief expert, professor of engineering, Refractory Materials Company, WISCO, China

Contributions

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.

 

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