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Yongli Zhao, Ph.D., P.E.


Associate Professor
Engineering and Computing Center 101 I

720 Fourth Avenue South, St. Cloud
Minnesota 56301-4498

Office: 320-308-0147

Fax:     320 308-5653





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Areas of Experties and Interests


Computational Multiphase/Multi-scale Flow, Particulate transport, Particle Collision and adhesion,Computation Methods in High Speed Energy Production (Biofuel Combustion), Sustainable Enery Systems and Energy Efficiency Characterizations, Aerosol/Air Pollution, Nano Particle/Nanotube Suspensions in spin coating, and to Biotechnologies.




Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Energy Science, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, the Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City, IA   


Material Science and Design in Mechanical Engineering, 2002, Southern Illinois University,  Carbondale, IL


Fluid Mechanics Institute of Engineering Mechanics, Northern JiaoTong University, China


Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), China



Award/Grant and Honor


15. A Virtual Fluid Dynamics System. (2012)
− GE, $xxxxx, inprogress.


14. The Development of Pneumatic Air Powered Auto Simulator, University Research Fund. (2011)
− St. Cloud State University, $xxxxx, granted.


13. Design of Tunnel Scooter for Large Pipe Internal Inspections. (9/2010 ~ 8/2011)
− Xcel Energy Sherco Coal Power Plant, $xxxxx, completed.


12. Lock-and-load container system (10/4/2010 ~ 7/1/2011)
− Feedlogic Company, $xxxxx, completed.


11. Cooling Tower Brake System Design (9/2010 ~ 5/2011),
− Xcel Energy Sherco Coal Power Plant. $xxxxx, completed.


10. Design of a Moisture Separator Drain System (9/2009 ~ 5/2010)
− Xcel Energy Monticello Nuclear Power Plant., $xxxxx, completed.


9.  A numerical Simulation of Heat Loss from Coal Conveyor Gallery #51 using ANSYS (9/2009 ~ 5/2010)
− Xcel energy Sherco Coal Power Plant, $xxxxx, completed.


8. College of Engineering Research Fund , St. Cloud State University, ($xxxxx), granted (12/2008)


7. Univeristy Research Fund, St. Cloud State University, $xxxxx, granted. (2007-2008)


6.  Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship, $xxxxx, awarded. (2006-2007)


5. “Y. Zhao and J.S. Marshall, Spin coating of a colloidal suspension, Physics of Fluids, 20, 043302 (2008)” has been selected for publishing in Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology, Vol. 17, No. 16, (2008).


4. Ph.D Graduate Fellowship, College of Engineering, The University of Iowa, awarded. (Fall 2006-2007)


3. APS/DFD (American Physical Society/ Division of Fluid Mechanics), travel grant, awarded. (2006)


2. Ph.D Dissertation Fellowship, The University of Iowa, awarded. ( 2006)


1. Best Poster Awards, the 3rd Annual College of Engineering Research Open House, awarded. (04/2005)

Professional Experiences


•  Associate Professor, Saint Cloud State University, 2012~ Present


•  Assistant Professor, Saint Cloud State University, 2007 ~ 2012

•  Adjunct Professor, the University of Iowa, Summer 2007

•  Post-Doctoral Research Associate, the University of Iowa, 2006 ~ 2007

•  Research Assistant, the University of Iowa, 2002 ~  2006  

•  Research Assistant, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 2000 ~ 2002

•  Lecturer, Beijing United University, China 1999 ~ 2000 



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