Wei Zhang, Ph.D.
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 Title: Assistant Professor
 Dept: Mechanical Engineering
 Office: FH 233
 Phone: 216-687-2595
 Email: w.zhang13@csuohio.edu
 Web: http://sites.google.com/site/weizhangumn/
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. FH 233, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Wind energy, extreme winds, natural disaster, turbulent flows, boundary-layer separation, bluff-body aerodynamics, wakes, particle-turbulence interaction, parameterization of surface fluxes, experimental fluid dynamics, Particle image velocimetry, imaging techniques
 
Education:
Ph.D., Fluid Engineering and Thermo-physics, Xi'an Jiaotong University
B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology
 
Brief Bio:
Dr. Wei Zhang earned her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (specialty: Fluid Engineering and Thermo-physics) from Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China. Prior to joining CSU, Dr. Zhang has conducted research on a wide variety of topics ranging from large-scale systems such as atmospheric turbulence, tornado vortex dynamics and wind-blown sand saltation (two-phase flows), to small-scale laminar-turbulent transition over the airfoil of micro air vehicles. Her research interests are: 1) development of non-intrusive laser and imaging based thermal/fluid measurement techniques, and 2) applications of these techniques to understand governing mechanism of complicated thermal/fluid and energy systems in nature and in industry. Dr Zhang's current focus include turbulent flows over heterogeneous earth surface, wind-farm wake modeling, and utility-scale wind farms' impact on local/global micrometeorology and the environment.
 
Honors and Awards:
Merit Recognition Award, Cleveland State University (2018)
Faculty advisor for the First-place team in the International Design Competition (Undergraduate team) at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition's International Conference (AIAA SciTech 2016), 2016
 
Research Interests:
* Wind energy system optimization (turbine wake aerodynamics, wake-ABL interactions in large-scale wind farms, wind-farm effects on local/global meteorology)
* Wind effects on buildings and structures in extreme scenario (Hurricane or Tornado)
* Turbulent boundary-layer flows over complex terrain (i.e., canopies, hills and mountains, water surface)
* Advanced flow measurement techniques (PIV/PTV, TR-PIV, scanning PIV, PLIF, HWA, high-speed photography, pressure sensors, load cell, heat flux sensors)
* Laminar-turbulence transition in micro air vehicle (MAV) applications
* Particle-laden flow and sediment transport, particle-turbulence interaction
 
Professional Affiliations:
American Physical Society (APS DFD);
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA);
American Association of Wind Engineering (AAWE);
American Meteorology Society (AMS).
 
University Service:
Faculty advisor of the AIAA CSU student chapter;
Mechanical Engineering Laboratory Planning Committee;
Faculty Search Committee;
College Nominating Committee;
Graduate Award Committee;
Student Success Committee.
 
Professional Service:
Reviewer of journals: Experiments in Fluids, Boundary-layer Meteorology, Journal of Fluids and Structure, Environmental Research Letter, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, Optics and Lasers in Engineering, Powder Technology, Journal of Visualization, International Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, Geomorphology, Sedimentology, Journal of Hydrodynamics.
Reviewer of NSF proposals;
Reviewer of AIAA conference submissions.