People

Principal Investigator

Zhiting Tian


Associate Professor
ASME Fellow
Eugene A. Leinroth Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow
Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Cornell University


zhiting@cornell.edu

Affiliation

  • Faculty Fellow, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
  • Faculty Member, Kavli Institute at Cornell (KIC) for Nanoscale Science
  • Graduate Faculty, Cornell Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)
  • Graduate Faculty, Cornell Chemical Engineering
  • Faculty Member, Cornell Energy Systems Institute (CESI)
  • Faculty Member, Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR)

Education

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2014)
    • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York at Binghamton (2009)
      • B.E., Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University, China (2007)

      Selected Awards & Honors

      • Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship (2021)
      • ASME Fellow (2020)
      • Academic Venture Fund, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (2019)
      • Affinito-Stewart Grant of the President’s Council of Cornell Women (2019)
      • ACS Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) Young Investigator Award (2019)
      • College of Engineering Faculty Fellow, Virginia Tech (2018)
      • Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award (2018)
      • NSF CAREER Award (2017)
      • ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Award (2017)
      • College of Engineering Outstanding New Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech (2017)
      • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award (2017)
      • College of Engineering Undergraduate Research Advisor Award, Virginia Tech (2016)
      • Wunsch Foundation Silent Hoist and Crane Award for Academic Excellence, MIT (2014)
      • Graduate Women of Excellence, MIT (2013)

      Experience

      • Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech (2014-2018)

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      PhD Students

      Samer Awale
      B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT
      Bilal Azhar
      B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics, MIT
      Jinghang Dai
      B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.
      jd995@cornell.edu
      Gustavo Alvarez Escalante
      B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley
      Renjiu Hu
      B.S. in Applied Physics, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).
      rh656@cornell.edu
      Han Huang
      M.S. in Materials Science, Cornell
      B.S. in Physics, UC San Diego
      hh697@cornell.edu

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      Master Students

      Zara Aamer
      B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Cornell
      za37@cornell.edu
      Joyce Christiansen-Salameh
      M.S. student in Materials Science
      B.S. from UC Davis
      Kevin Kong
      B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison.
      Mario Medina
      M.S. student in Materials Science
      B.S. from UC Santa Barbara

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      Lab Manager

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      Alumni

      Chen Li
      Chen received PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering in August 2021 from Cornell University.
      Talisi Meyer
      Ragini Balachandran
      Zhi Wang
      Shelley Chen (now at Epic)
      Hao Ma (now at Oak Ridge National Lab)
      Hao received PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering in August 2020 from Cornell University.
      Eurydice Kanimba (now at IBM)
      Eurydice earned her PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering in December 2019 at Virginia Tech. She is currently a researcher at IBM.
      Eric Hall
      Zhe Wang
      Diana Chu (now at Auris Health)
      Diana earned her M. Eng degree in Mechanical Engineering in December 2019.
      Abigail Lee
      Junior in Mechanical Engineering
      Erica O’Donnel
      VT Honors College
      Yunwei Ma (now at Virginia Tech)
      Yunwei earned M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in December 2018. He received his B.S. degree in Applied Physics from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2016.
      Daniel Cooke (now at Microsoft)
      Daniel earned his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in May 2018.
      Ahmed Elnahhas
      VT Honors College
      Tra Lai
      Summer 2017. REU student from Texas A&M University.
      Clayton Mottley
      Summer 2017 – Spring 2017. University Honors.
      Kody Cobb
      Fall 2016. University Honors.
      Tony Consiglio
      Summer 2015 – Spring 2016. University Honors. Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Received Honors Diploma in 2017.
      Edward Tang
      Summer 2015 – Fall 2015
      Jude Anderson
      Spring 2015 – Fall 2015
      Samantha Everett
      Spring 2015 – Fall 2015
      Brandon Nguyen
      Spring 2015-Summer 2015

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