• Dr. Yiding Cao, a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), is a Professor at Florida International University (FIU). He obtained his PhD degree from the University of Dayton in 1991 and joined the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering of FIU in 1993. He is also the head of the thermal science laboratory at FIU. Dr. Cao’s research areas include aerospace applications, fluid flow, heat transfer, internal combustion/heat/gas turbine engines, green refrigerators, fuel cells, solar energy, and renewable energy systems. Prof. Cao has authored and co-authored more than 80 Journal papers and holds 16 U.S. patents. He has been an expert in Heat Pipe technology since early 1990 and is a pioneer in high-temperature heat pipe startup/transient simulations, gas turbine/diesel engine cooling employing high-temperature heat pipes, and miniature heat pipes for electronics cooling. He is recently the inventor of the reciprocating-airfoil (RA) driven VTOL aircraft, and a World’s Top 2% Most Cited Scientist, 2020.

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research interests

  • Aerospace Applications, Heat Transfer/Heat Pipes, Electronics Cooling, Gas Turbine Cooling, Internal Combustion Engines/ Heat Engines, Energy Recovery and Renewable Energy Systems, Refrigerators, and Solar Energy.

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teaching overview

  • EML 3126 - Transport Phenomena
    EGN 3343 - Thermodynamics I
    EML 4911 - Undergraduate Research Experience
    EML 4930 - Special Topics/Proj
    EML 5103 - Intermediate Thermodynamics
    EML 6908 - Independent Studies
    EML 6910 - Supervised Research
    EML 6971 - Masters Thesis
    EML 7979 - Ph.D. Dissertation
    EML 4603 - Air Conditioning Design
    EML 5606C - Advanced Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems
    EML 4601 - Princ Refr Air Cond
    EML 5615C - Cad - A/C
    EML 4140 - Heat Transfer
    EML 4905 - Senior Design Project

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  • Yiding Cao


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