Principal Investigator

Zhiting Tian

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

Cornell University



  • Graduate Faculty, Cornell Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)
  • Faculty Member, Cornell Energy Systems Institute (CESI)
  • Faculty Member, Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR)


  • 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)

Awards & Honors

  • 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)
  • MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 China (2018)
  • Early Career Scholar in Materials Science (2018)
  • Notable Alumni, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Binghamton University (2018)
  • 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)
  • Scholar of the Week, Office of Vice President for Research, Virginia Tech (2016)
  • College of Engineering Undergraduate Research Advisor Award, Virginia Tech (2016)
  • NSF ASSIST Grant for Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering, Society of Women Engineers (2016)
  • Assistant Professor Mentoring Grant, Office of Executive Vice President and Provost, Virginia Tech (2015)
  • Wunsch Foundation Silent Hoist and Crane Award for Academic Excellence, MIT (2014)
  • Graduate Women of Excellence, MIT (2013)
  • Keck Travel Award in Thermal Sciences, MIT (2012)
  • NSF Summer Institute Fellowship on Energy Manufacturing (2011)


  • Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech (2014-2018)


PhD Students

Hao Ma
Hao earned his B.S. degree in Materials Science from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2014.

Personal Website


  • International Travel Bursary at Phononics (3 out of over 300 students) (2017)
  • IEEE Travel Grant for ITHERM (2017)
  • NSF Travel Grant for IMECE (2016)
  • 18th National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering (2016)
Eurydice Kanimba
Eurydice earned her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Midwestern State University in 2015. Eurydice is a New Horizon Graduate Scholar.


  • ASME Foundation Variable International Scholarship (2017)
  • Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs John Grossheim Memorial Scholarship (2017)
  • NSBE 42nd Convention Sponsorship by WestRock (2016)
  • ASME-ESP Petroleum Division Academic Scholarship (2015)
Chen Li
Chen earned his B.S. degree in Applied Physics from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2015. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society.


  • 19th National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering (2017)
  • VTGSA Travel Grant to attend IMECE (2016)
Renjiu Hu
Renjiu earned his B.S. degree in Applied Physics from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).
Jinghang Dai
Jinghang received B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.


Master Students

Zhe Wang
Zhe is M.S. student in Materials Science and Engineering. He received B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at the Ohio State University.


Undergraduate Students

Andy Tan
Andy Tan is a freshman in College of Engineering at Cornell. He intends to major in Applied Engineering Physics.
Zara Aamer
Undergraduate researcher. Sophomore in Mechanical Engineering.
Diana Chu
Senior in Mechanical Engineering. Master of Engineering projects.



Erica O’Donnel
VT Honors College.

Yunwei Ma
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
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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