Yao ZHENG is a Cheung Kong chair professor with Zhejiang University, appointed by the Ministry of Education of China since 2001. He is the director of the Center for Engineering and Scientific Computation (2002-), the founding deputy dean of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2007-2013), and the vice dean of Faculty of Engineering (2014-), all in Zhejiang University, China.
His research has spanned computational mechanics, numerical simulation, combustion and propulsion, and flight vehicle design. He is the author or coauthor of over 200 papers, reports and book chapters.
He has been awarded a Chinese National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, by the National Nature Science Foundation of China (NSFC) in 2002, the NASA Tech Briefs Award and Software Release Award in 2004, the APACM (Asian-Pacific Association for Computational Mechanics) Computational Mechanics Award in 2013, and the Du Qing-Hua Medal & Award of Computational Method in Engineering 2015. He serves as a Vice President of the Chinese Association of Computational Mechanics (CACM) (2005-), and is a member of APACM General Council (2004-2013), APACM Executive Council (2013-), and IACM (International Association for Computational Mechanics) General Council (2004-).
He serves as an associate editor of Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Mechanics, and is on the editorial boards of 8 national and international journals such as International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow. He was invited to deliver a plenary lecture at the WCCM/APCOM 2016 (Seoul, Korea), a semi-plenary lecture at the WCCM/APCOM 2010 (Sydney, Australia), a plenary lecture at the 2008 Chinese Congress on Computational Mechanics (CCCM 2008, Yichang, China), a plenary lecture at the 2007 International Symposium on Computational Mechanics (ISCM 2007) (Beijing, China), and a semi-plenary lecture at the 10th International Conference on Enhancement and Promotion of Computational Methods in Engineering and Science (EPMESC X) (Sanya, China, 2006).
He earned a BSc in Mathematics from Hangzhou University, China, in 1984, a MSc(Eng) in Mechanics from Harbin Institute of Technology, China, in 1986, and a PhD in Computational Modeling from University of Wales Swansea (UWS), UK, in 1995. Prior to joining UWS in 1989 under a joint doctorate program, he pursued doctorate study in Civil Engineering at Zhejiang University, China, for two and a half years.
He had been a Senior Research Scientist for Taitech, Inc., NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, from 1998 to 2002. Prior to moving to NASA, he had been a Senior Software Scientist with Analysis and Design Application Company (adapco), New York from 1997 to 1998; and a PhD candidate and a Senior Research Assistant (Research Associate) at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Wales Swansea, UK for eight years. He left NASA Glenn Research Center for Zhejiang University in March, 2002.
During his stay with the Turbomachinery and Propulsion Systems Division, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA, he had created a 3D DRAGON grid system and the DRAGONFLOW solver. His main task was to accomplish further development and applications of the DRAGON grid technology to turbomachinery and propulsion systems, and to conduct of flow analyses relevant to NASA Glenn programs.
His main research achievements in China include: large-scale numerical simulation for real applications in aerospace vehicles and high-speed trains; and development of a High End Digital Prototyping (HEDP) system for multidisciplinary applications. As far as the aerospace applications are concerned, he is leading to develop a collaboration design system for use in hypersonic flight vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles, and to conduct complex flow simulations such as combustion and multi-bodies separation modeling. For the Chinese high-speed railway program, he is leading a team to develop an aerodynamics simulation platform for high-speed trains.
Since 2005, he has been involved in the China-EU Aviation Technology Cooperation, through projects such as AeroChina, AeroChina2, Grain, Grain2 and Mars, and he is the Chinese Coordinator of Dragy Project (2015-2018).