Prof. TieJun (TJ) Zhang is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Masdar Institute of Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi and a Member of the Mohammed bin Rashed Academy of Scientists of UAE. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the USA. He received his PhD degree from the City University of Hong Kong (2008) and his MSc & BEng degrees from the Southeast University, China (2004 & 2001). As one of the World’s Top 2% of Scientists, he has over 140 peer-reviewed publications and international patents by spring 2021. As an educator, he has mentored over 40 PhD & MSc students and research staff as well as many intern students.
Prof. Zhang is the recipient of the UAE National Research Foundation University-Industry Research Collaboration Award, the Abu Dhabi Award for Research Excellence, and the US National Academy of Sciences Arab-American Frontiers Fellowship Award. He has been the Principal Investigator of many research projects (over US$10 million) on energy, water and micro/nanotechnologies, and also served as the Principal Scientist leading the Alibaba Cloud-Khalifa University Joint Innovation Laboratory.
Prof. Zhang is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Micro and Nano-Manufacturing of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is an active committee member of ASME Nanoengineering Technology Group and ASME Heat Transfer Division Technical Committee. He was the co-chair (Arab-side) of the Fourth Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering and Medicine Symposium between the USA and 22 Arab countries (organized by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine). He was also the co-chair of the 2018 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting Symposium EN11 Nanomaterials for the Water and Energy Nexus in USA. He has been an invited reviewer for many international research proposals, doctoral dissertations and over 50 scientific journals.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow