Yongxin Tao (Yong Tao)
 Title: Chair & BLG Endowed Prof
Chair, Mechanical Engineering Department
 Dept: Mechanical Engineering
 Office: FH 104
 Phone: 216-687-4662
 Fax: 216-687-5375
 Email: y.tao19@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. FH 104, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Renewable energy & energy efficiency in buildings, heat and mass transfer in porous media, freezing and melting, electronic cooling, enhanced heat transfer, refrigeration systems, geothermal heat pump systems, computational fluid dynamics.
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1989
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tongji University, 1981
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tongji University, 1978
Brief Bio:
Dr. Yong Tao is the Betty L. Gordon Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor, and department chair of Mechanical Engineering.  Dr. Tao's research interests include (i) fundamentals of thermal/fluids sciences, (ii) renewable energy and energy efficiency in buildings, including solar, wind, and geothermal heat pump systems, and (iii) sustainability science.  His research has attracted more than $19.5M funding from the US federal agencies and industries, including multidisciplinary research network projects, such as Predictive Modeling Network for Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems, where researchers from engineering, computer science and social science work together to advance the discoveries and solutions for better world.  

Dr. Tao is a fellow of ASME, past chair of ASME Heat Transfer Division, founding board director of American Society of Thermal & Fluids Engineers (ASTFE), editor-in-chief of Heat Transfer Research journal, and a licensed Professional Engineer. Beginning in 2020, he became President of ASTFE.

Dr. Tao comes to CSU from the College of Engineering and Computing at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Florida.  In 2016, he was the founding dean of this College. Prior to joining NSU he served in the department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton as chair, endowed PACCAR professor of engineering, distinguished research professor, and director of PACCAR Technology Institute, hosting the unique zero energy research lab.  He was responsible for tremendous growth of new B.S. and new Ph.D. programs, and research profile. Dr. Tao has also served as associate dean at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, while on faculty as professor of mechanical and materials engineering and director of the Building, Energy, Environment and Conservation Systems Laboratory before joining UNT.

In 2005, he was the faculty leader of the award-winning Solar Decathlon entry. During 2008 International Olympics, he served as Project Director of the American House, as playing a vital role in building better international collaboration "in the area of energy-efficient buildings" (quote from the U.S. Secretaries of Commence and Energy.)

Dr. Tao received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from University of Michigan, and enjoyed playing tennis and piano.
Honors and Awards:
Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Distinguished Research Professor, University of North Texas (UNT)
Paccar endowed professor, University of North Texas (UNT)
Betty L. Gordon Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor, Cleveland State University (CSU)
Creative and Activities:
- Predictive Modeling Network for Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystem (SHBE), an NSF RCN project. https://www.shbe.org/
- DIBBS award: VIFI:Virtual Information-Fabric Infrastructure (VIFI) for Data-Driven Decisions from Distributed Data. https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1640818&HistoricalAwards=false
Research Interests:
- Fundamentals of thermal/fluids sciences
- Renewable energy and energy efficiency in buildings, including solar, wind, and geothermal heat pump systems, and
- Sustainability science.
Teaching Areas:
- Heat and mass transfer
- Heating, ventilating, refrigeration and air-conditioning
- Fluid dynamics
- Sustainable Energy
- Multiphase heat transfer in porous media
- Statics and dynamics
Professional Affiliations:
American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers (ASTFE) (2014-present)
-Founding board director. Instrumental in successful establishment of the Society with innovative initiatives for academic scholars, industrial professionals and students around the globe.
-Current President.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) (1999-2015)
-Chair, Heat Transfer Division (2014-2015)
-Vice-Chair, Heat Transfer Division (2013-2014)
-Executive Committee member, Heat Transfer Division (2011-2015)
-Executive member of Basic Engineering Group (2015)
-Media Editor, Heat Transfer Division (2009-2011)
-Regional Operating Board Member, Region XI, ASME International (2001-2003)
-Chair of ASME Nashville Chapter (1998-1999)

American Society of Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE
-Corresponding Member, TC1.3 Committee on Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow, ASHRAE, (2003-present).
-Corresponding Member, TC8.4 Committee on Air-to-Refrigerant Heat Transfer Equipment, ASHRAE, (2002-present).
Research Grants:
1) PI: US-UK Workshop for Biosensing-Enabled, Wellbeing-Centric Sustainable Built Environment Ecosystems, NSF ($50,000, 2019-2021)
2) Co-PI: Virtual Information-Fabric Infrastructure (VIFI) for Data-Driven Decisions from Distributed Data, NSF ($4M, 2016-2021)
3) PI: RCN-SEES: Predictive Modeling Network for Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems (SHBE), NSF ($652,846, 2013-2021)