Dr. Yong X. Tao is an internationally known researcher in fundamentals of thermal sciences, refrigeration system performance, and renewable energy applications in buildings, and has more than 21 years of research and teaching experience.
Currently as the PACCAR Professor and Chair of Mechanical and Energy Engineering Department at University of North Texas, and UNT Distinguished Research Professor, Dr. Tao has produced a total of more than 158 journal publications, book chapters, peer-reviewed technical conference papers, and edited journals and proceedings over the course of his career, and holds two patents. He has received more than 12.8 million dollars of research funding as a single PI or Co-PI in multidisciplinary teamwork projects from the NSF, NASA, Air Force, DSL, DOE, ASHRAE and various industries. Recent research interests include zero-energy buildings, transport phenomena in multiphase media, constructal microchannel heat exchangers, NPCM enhanced heat transfer, low temperature heat transfer, alternative energy, engineering education, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Tao also works closely with researchers within and outside the academia, and founded or co-founded such interdisciplinary research initiatives as the director of PACCAR Technology Institute, Zero Energy Research Laboratory and coordinator of research cluster in Renewable Energy and Conservation at UNT and Sustainable Construction Research and Education Initiative (SCREI) and Energy Research Group (ERG) at Florida International University.
Dr. Tao is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), a member of the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). Additionally, he is the Editor-in-Chief of Heat Transfer Research, an international journal, member of Executive Committee of the Heat Transfer Division of ASME, and Editor of ASME Early-Career Technical Journal. He also served as an Associate Editor for ASME’s Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications. He has served on many technical committees for ASME, ASHRAE and AIAA. He was the founding chair for the inaugural US-EU-China Thermophysics Conference on Renewable Energy in2009, and was also the Program Chair for the 2009 Summer Heat Transfer Conference of ASME. He will chair the ASME/JSME/KSME Thermal Engineering Joint Conference in 2015.
Prior to joining UNT, he was the Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International University in Miami and a Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. While at FIU, He served as the chair of the University Strategic Planning Committee in Infrastructure. He was also Director of the Building Energy, Environment, and Conservation Systems Lab (BEECS) and Multi-Phase Thermal Engineering Lab (MPTE) at FIU, in addition to having served as departmental Graduate Program Director, Undergraduate Program Director, College Faculty Council Secretary, and initiated the HVAC Certificate Program as the coordinator.
In 2005, he was the faculty leader of the award-winning FIU Solar Decathlon entry. Faculty and students from several colleges and the community collaborated in the construction of a house powered entirely by solar energy, which was entered into this US Department of Energy-backed international competition in the National Mall in Washington D.C. The Solar House is now a landmark of the College of Engineering and Computing at FIU.
In 2008, as Project Director of the Future House USA project, he secured funding from industries and led a consortium of academics, builders, industry sponsors and lobbyists to represent the US in a ten-country project demonstrating renewable energy and environmentally-friendly construction that resulted in an even larger 3,200 sq ft zero-net-energy American House being displayed in Beijing, China. On July 16th, 2009, Dr. Tao hosted a visit from US Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu in the American House, and was praised by both Secretaries as playing a "vital role in building better collaboration between the United States and China in the area of energy-efficient buildings."
Dr. Tao has been regularly invited to speak in the media since the early 2000s to promote renewable energy in new buildings and energy conservation in existing buildings, including features on television, public radio, and periodicals. Dr. Tao traveled to Haiti in March 2010 shortly after the catastrophic earthquake and led an effort to build a solar-powered medical clinic for the dispersed local population.
Dr. Tao started his faculty career at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Tao has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tongji University in Shanghai, China.