Dr. Yu Zhong joined WPI as an Associate Professor. He received his Ph.D. from Penn State (2005). After a short-term working as Research Associate, he joined Saint-Gobain High Performance Research Center in Northborough, MA. He had spent his 8-year career there working as internal technical consultant focusing on the application of thermodynamics and kinetics to various materials R&D projects. In 2013, He moved to Florida International University (FIU) as Assistant Professor. He received the TMS FMD Young Leaders Professional Development Award in 2016 and ONR summer faculty fellowship in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Dr. Zhong has more than 33 peer-reviewed journal papers published/accepted, 2 book chapter, and 2 patents. His research is currently supported by Department of Energy (DOE) and American Chemical Society (ACS).