Dr. Yao ZHENG is a Cheung Kong chair professor with Zhejiang University, appointed by the Ministry of Education of China since 2001. He is the director of Center for Engineering and Scientific Computation (2002-), the founding deputy dean of School of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2007-2013), and the vice dean of Faculty of Engineering (2014-
), all in Zhejiang University, China.
His research has spanned computational mechanics, numerical simulation, combustion and propulsion, and flight vehicle design. He is the author or coauthor of 4 books and over 200 papers. He has been awarded a Chinese National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, by the National Nature Science Foundation of China (NSFC) in 2002, NASA Tech Briefs Award and Software Release Award in 2004, and an APACM (Asian-Pacific Association for Computational Mechanics) Computational Mechanics Award in 2013.
He serves as a Vice President (2005-) of the Chinese Association of Computational Mechanics (CACM), and am a member of the General Council (2004-2013) and the Executive Council (2013-) of the Asian-Pacific Association for Computational Mechanics (APACM), and a member of the General Council (2004-) of the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM).
He serves as an associate editor of Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Mechanics, and is on the editorial boards of 10 national and international journals such as International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, Journal of Zhejiang University – SCIENCE A, Journal of Astronautics (in Chinese), and Chinese Journal of Computational Mechanics.
He earned a BSc in Mathematics from Hangzhou University, China, in 1984, a MSc (Eng) in Mechanics from Harbin Institute of Technology, China, in 1986, and a PhD in Computational Modeling from University of Wales Swansea (UWS), UK, in 1995. Prior to joining UWS in 1989 under a joint doctorate program, he pursued doctorate study in Civil Engineering at Zhejiang University, China, for two and a half years.
He had been a Senior Research Scientist for NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, from 1998 to 2002. Prior to moving to NASA, he had been a Senior Software Scientist with Analysis and Design Application Company (currently CD-adapco), New York from 1997 to 1998; and a PhD candidate and a Senior Research Assistant at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Wales Swansea, UK for eight years. He left NASA Glenn Research Center for Zhejiang University in March, 2002.
During his stay with the Turbomachinery and Propulsion Systems Division, NASA Glenn Research Center, he had created a 3D DRAGON grid system and the DRAGONFLOW solver. His main task was to accomplish further
development and applications of the DRAGON grid technology to turbomachinery and propulsion systems, and to conduct of flow analyses relevant to NASA Glenn programs.
After his return to Zhejiang University from NASA Glenn, his main research achievements include: large-scale numerical simulation for real applications in aerospace vehicles and high-speed trains; and development of a High End Digital Prototyping (HEDP) system for multidisciplinary applications. As far as the aerospace applications are concerned, He is leading to develop a collaboration design system, and to conduct complex flow simulations such as combustion and multi-bodies separation modeling. For the Chinese high-speed railway program, he is leading a team to develop an aerodynamics simulation platform for high-speed trains.
He is a chair of Steering Committee of AEDS 2016, held in Hangzhou, China.