Ronggui Yang Honored for Contributions in the Heat Transfer Field

NEW YORK, Aug. 18, 2010 – Ronggui Yang, Ph.D., a resident of Broomfield, Colo., and assistant professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder), was honored by ASME for developing modeling and experimental tools to understand micro/nanoscale effects on thermal transport and for innovative applications of micro/nanostructures in macroscale forms for energy conversion and thermal management.  He received the Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer.

The award, established in 2003, recognizes a young engineer who is committed to pursuing research in heat transfer, and has demonstrated the potential to make substantial contributions to this field.  It was presented to Dr. Yang during the 14th International Heat Transfer Conference, which was held in Washington, D.C., August 8-13.

An assistant professor of mechanical engineering at CU-Boulder, Yang is also the Sanders Faculty Fellow in engineering and the director of the Nano-enabled Energy Conversion, Storage, and Thermal Management Systems (NEXT) group.

Yang joined CU-Boulder in January 2006 after earning his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, with a focus on nanoscale heat transfer, under the guidance of Professor Gang Chen at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge.  Together with Professor Chen and Professor Mildred Dresselhaus, Yang developed the Boltzmann transport equation based models to describe thermal and electron transport in nanocomposites when the conventional Fourier’s and Ohm’s laws are not applicable and proposed nanocomposites as high-efficiency and low-cost thermoelectric materials.

His current research interests are on developing multiscale modeling/simulation tools and experimental methods to understand nanoscale transport phenomena and on the utilization of micro/nano-scale effects in heat transfer for large-scale energy conversion and thermal management systems.

Yang has published 40 journal papers and delivered about 40 invited conference and seminar talks.  He has also presented or co-authored another 60 conference talks/proceedings.  According to the ISI Web of Science, his journal papers are well cited, with citations exceeding 200 per year.  He holds two patents, with five pending.

An ASME member, Yang serves on the Heat Transfer Division’s technical committees, as well as ASME Nanotechnology Institute’s Nanoscale Phenomena Committee.  He is a referee for manuscripts submitted to ASME journals and conferences, and has served as a track/symposium organizer and session chair for a number of ASME conferences.

His numerous honors include a CAREER Award (2009) from the National Science Foundation, a Young Faculty Award (2008) from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, an MIT Technology Review’s TR35 Award (2008) and a Goldsmid Award (2005) from the ITS.  He also won the Dean’s Award for the Outstanding Junior Faculty Member from the College of Engineering in 2010 and the Outstanding Research Award from the mechanical engineering department at CU-Boulder in 2008.  Yang was one of 88 of the nation’s brightest young engineers selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s 15th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium in 2009.

Prior to earning his Ph.D., Yang received a bachelor’s degree in thermal engineering at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, in 1996; a master’s degree in engineering thermophysics at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) in 1999; and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering (micro-electro-mechanical systems) at the University of California at Los Angeles in 2001.

About ASME:
ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges.  Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society.  ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.

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