• Dr. Lin is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Material Engineering at FIU. He directs the Computational Fluids and Energy Sciences (CFES) Laboratory and the Sustainable Energy and Thermal Transport Systems (SETTS) Laboratory. His previous positions include Associate Professor and Associate Director in UT CFD Lab at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Summer Faculty Fellow in Air Force Research Laboratory at WPAFB, and Program Manager in the Applied Research Center at Florida International University. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and has authored and co-authored over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. His current research interests include Computational Fluid Dynamics, Heat Transfer, Microfluidics and Energy Simulations, with applications in HVAC, Indoor Environment, Buildings and Data Centers, Power Plants, Electronic Cooling, Solar and Geothermal Energy Utilization. His projects have been funded by government agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense (AFOSR, ONR), and commercial companies, including Pratt & Whitney and ASHRAE. He serves on the review panels of NSF, DOE, and DoD, and on the editorial boards of eight international journals. He is an active member of the ASME, ASHRAE, AIAA, and ASEE. Among his recent awards and honors is the Outstanding Reviewer Award by ASME in 2011.

selected publications

research interests

  • Computational fluid dynamics; heat and mass transfer; thermal management; energy simulation; multiphase flows; HVAC; waste heat recovery; data center and built environment; renewable energy technologies
  • Heat and Mass Transfer, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Thermal Management, and Energy Simulation, and their applications in HVAC, Buildings, Data Centers, Electronic Cooling, Aerospace, Power Plants, and Solar Energy Technologies.

teaching overview

  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, the University of
    Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2006-2011
    Associate Director, UTK CFD Laboratory, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2007-2011
    Summer Faculty Fellow, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, 2007-2008
    Program Manager, Applied Research Center (Previously HCET), Florida International University, Miami, FL,
    Research Scientist, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL, 1995-1996
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1992-1995

full name

  • Chengxian Lin


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