Principal Investigator

Zhiting Tian

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

Cornell University


  • Executive Committee Member, Cornell NanoScale Facility (CNF)
  • 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)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Physics


  • 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

  • DoD DURIP Award (2023)
  • JSPS Invitational Fellowship for Research in Japan (2022)
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award (2022)
  • NASA Early Stage Innovations Award (2021)
  • Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship (2021)
  • ASME Fellow (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)


  • Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech (2014-2018)



Jinha Kwon
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University
Md Milon Hossain
Ph.D. in Polymer, North Carolina State University


PhD Students

Liam Alexis
B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, University Of Michigan
Samer Awale
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Joyce Christiansen-Salameh
B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of California Davis
Jinghang Dai
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Gustavo Alvarez Escalante
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley
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
Jiyoung Kim
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Yonsei University
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Yonsei University
Mario Medina
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara
Gangchen Ren
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University


MS Students

Sooyon Chang
BE in Mechanical Engineering, SUNY Korea
Crystal Huang
B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Purdue University
Kevin Kong
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin Madison
Jaejun Lee
BS in Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech
Simon Shi
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University


M.Eng Students



Andy Tan (Lab Manager), Eugene Jeong, Meili Bowden, Mikayla Lahr, Rabail Makhdoom, Ali Candy, Edith Liu, Ria Desai, Mike Liao 


  • PhD Students
Hao Ma (now at Oak Ridge National Lab)
PhD in Mechanical Engineering in August 2020 from Cornell University.
Chen Li (now faculty at Chongqing University)
PhD in Mechanical Engineering in August 2021 from Cornell University.
Eurydice Kanimba (now at IBM)
PhD in Mechanical Engineering in December 2019 from Virginia Tech.
  • MS Students
Mario Medina 
Yunwen Ma 
Zhi Wang
  • MEng Students
Zara Aamer
Shelley Chen (now at Epic)
Cathy Zhu (now at Google)
Diana Chu (now at Auris Health)
Daniel Cooke (now at Microsoft)
Qiyu Yang
Kimberly Yap
  • Undergraduates
Jude Anderson, VT
Ragini Balachandran, Cornell
Kody Cobb, VT University Honors.
Tony Consiglio, VT University Honors. Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Received Honors Diploma.
Erica O’Donnel, VT Honors College
Ahmed Elnahhas, VT Honors College
Samantha Everett, VT
Eric Hall, Cornell
Tra Lai, REU student from Texas A&M University
Abigail Lee (summer undergraduate student)
Alex LoCicero, Cornell
Clayton Mottley, University Honors
Brandon Nguyen, VT
Edward Tang, VT


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