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 Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award (2021)
  • 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.
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).
Han Huang
M.S. in Materials Science, Cornell
B.S. in Physics, UC San Diego
Samuel Kielar
B.A. in Chemistry and Music, Northwestern University

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Master Students

Joyce Christiansen-Salameh
B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, UC Davis
Kevin Kong
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Mario Medina
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, UC Santa Barbara
Simon Shi
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

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M.Eng Students

Zara Aamer
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Cornell
Kimberly Yap
B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell

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Lab Manager

Andy Tan

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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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