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 an 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 50 peer-reviewed journal papers published/accepted, 2 book chapters, and 2 patents. His research is currently supported by Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Lab (NETL), Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), and Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO), National Science Foundation (NSF), American Chemical Society (ACS), and Advance Casting Research Center (ACRC).