Faculty Profile  Faculty ProfileLast Modified Time: 01:04:58 PM Wed, 4 Mar 2015 
Dr. Yong X Tao
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Dr. Yong X Tao
Professor & Chairperson-Mechanical and Energy Engineering, Director-PACCAR Technology Institute, Director-Zero-Energy Research Lab
Contact address   1155 Union Circle, Denton, TX 76203     Office LocationMail Box: 311098, Discovery Park, Room No.: F101 
Email  yong.tao@unt.edu    Contact Number (940) 565-2400   
Graduate Faculty Membership Status: Full Membership-Permanent   
toggle toggle  Professional Preparation
 Degree Major/Thesis/Dissertation Institution Year
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering University of Michigan 1989
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SemesterSubjectCourse NumberSectionCourse NameCalculated Semester Credit HoursSyllabus 
Fall 2015MEEN4250001Capstone Design in Mechanical and Energy Engineering  
Summer 5W1 2015MEEN4110002Alternative Energy Sources  
Summer 5W1 2015MEEN4110001Alternative Energy Sources  
Spring 2015MEEN4150001Mechanical Energy Engineering Systems Design I Download Syllabus
Spring 2015MEEN4112001Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering Download Syllabus
Summer 5W1 2014MEEN4110001Alternative Energy Sources Download Syllabus
Spring 2014MEEN4110001Alternative Energy Sources Download Syllabus
Fall 2013MEEN4335001Computational Simulation of Building Energy Systems  
Spring 2013MEEN4110001Alternative Energy Sources Download Syllabus
Summer 2012MEEN4110001Alternative Energy Sources  
Spring 2012MEEN4110001Alternative Energy Sources Download Syllabus
Spring 2011MEEN4110001Alternative Energy3Download Syllabus
toggle toggle  Research and Expertise
Yong X. Tao
Dr. Tao's web site
Heat, mass and fluid transport in multiphase media (porous, fibrous engineering or natural materials and systems), constructal microchannel heat exchangers, nano/micro Phase Change Materials (PCM) enhanced heat transfer, low temperature heat transfer, alternative energy (solar, wind,geothermal), whole building energy and exergy efficiency, HVAC systems, engineering education, and entrepreneurship
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)RankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2010-PresentPACCAR ProfessorMechanical and Energy EngineeringEngineeringUNT
2000-2010Associate Professor/ProfessorMechanical and Materials EngineeringEngineering and ComputingFIU
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY)Percentage TeachingPercentage ResearchPercentage Service
2012-201315 2560
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Numerical analysis on the thermal environment of an old city district during urban renewal
Energy and Buildings. 2015, 89: 18-31
15) C. Peng, T. Ming, Y. Tao, Z. Peng
Journal Articles
Case Study of Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) Applications in Hot and Humid Climate, Building and Environment
J. Archit. Eng., 21(1), 05014006.
Zhu, Y., Rayegan, R., Tao, Y. X.
Journal Articles
Analytics for Building-Scale Sustainable Ecosystems, Begell House, New York. Connecticut. USA. ISBN: 978-56700-279-9
Tao, Y. X. and Jiang, Y.
Begell House
Optimal Collector Type and Temperature in a Solar Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) System for Building-Scale Power Generation in Hot and Humid Climate
ASME Transactions, Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, 135, 011011 pp. 1-9 (2013)
Rayegan, R., Tao, Y. X.,
ASME Press
Journal Articles
A Comparison of Deterministic and Probabilistic Life Cycle Cost Analyses of Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) Applications in Hot and Humid Climate
Energy and Buildings, 55, pp. 312-321.
Y, Zhu and Tao, Yong X.
Journal Articles
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
2011-PresentHeat Transfer Research, Begell House, Inc.Editor-in -Chief 
toggle toggle Patents
Year of AwardTitle of PatentDescription
20113-Dimensional High Performance Heat Sink (U.S. Patent 8,006,746)A heat sink having a very high heat transfer capability may be made from a plurality of unit elements. Each unit element includes a series of inlet tubes having a range of diameters and a series of outlet tubes also having a range of diameters...
1985A Water Calorimeter for Measurements of Specific Heat of Liquids and Solids, China patent, No. 85-1-08559.8 
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"Future House USA' good demo of Sino-US green cooperation
During a visit to the Future House USA in Beijing on July 16, 2009, US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Energy Secretary Steven Chu both expressed their strong will for such projects of green cooperation between nations.

Tao Yongxin (2nd L), a professor with the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International University, introduces the Future House USA to US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke (1st L) and Energy Secretary Steven Chu (2nd R) in the Changping District of Beijing, July 16, 2009. [Wang Wei/China.org.cn]

The Future House USA, or the America House, has been getting great support from the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, as well as the Ministry of Science and Technology. Designed in 2006, it was financed by Tao Yongxin, a professor with the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International University, and George Bialecki, founder of Chicago-based Alternative Energy Living Foundation (now Learn Green Foundation). Future House USA works as a demonstration project to present US building energy efficiency ideas to Chinese builders and government officials. ...More

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toggle toggle Honors and Recognitions
YearTitleHonoring Organization
2013Distinguished Research ProfessorUNT
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)Company/OrganizationPosition
2013TexasLicenced Professional Engineer
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YearOrganizationRoleType of Service
2014ASME-Heat Transfer DivisionChairLeadership
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Yong X. Tao
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.

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