Professor Wei Shyy is the Executive Vice-President and Provost of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is concurrently Chair Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Prior to joining HKUST in August 2010, he was Clarence L. “Kelly” Johnson Collegiate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Aerospace Engineering of the University of Michigan. He was previously employed by the University of Florida and GE Research and Development Center in Schenectady, New York. He earned his BS degree from Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan, and his MSE and PhD degrees in Aerospace Engineering  from the University of Michigan.
He is the author or a co-author of five books and numerous journal and conference articles dealing with computational and modeling techniques involving fluid flow, biological and low Reynolds number aerodynamics, combustion and propulsion, and a broad range of topics related to aerial and space flight vehicles. He is General Editor of the Cambridge Aerospace Book Series published by the Cambridge University Press, Co-Editor-in Chief of Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering, a major reference work published by Wiley-Blackwell.
Prof. Shyy is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers(ASME). He has received awards for his research and professional contributions, including the AIAA 2003 Pendray Aerospace Literature Award, the ASME 2005 Heat Transfer Memorial Award, and The Engineers’ Council (Sherman Oaks, CA) 2009 Distinguished Educator Award. He has also served as a consultant and on a number of national and international committees to support and review numerous private and public organizations as well as higher educational institutes. His professional views have been quoted in various news media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, the USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, the New Scientist and the U.S. News & World Report. Prof. Shyy has supervised more than 45 PhD students and mentored many postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars.
Highlights of Research & Engineering Activities
Prof. Shyy has made substantial contributions to air and space flight vehicle research and development, fluid machinery design optimization, and computational methods for complex unsteady flows. His work in flapping wing aerodynamics, surrogate-based optimization for space propulsion components and battery technologies, computational modeling for gas turbine combustor flows, cavitating and multiphase dynamics, power generation devices, biomechanical systems, and high performance materials processing are internationally recognized.
He and his collaborators were the first to:
- Identify the main sources of hydrocarbon emissions from spark-ignition internal combustion engines;
- Compute gas-turbine combustor flows for GE using 3-D Navier-Stokes equations on body-fitted meshes;
- Recognize and propose to adopt structural flexibility for micro air vehicles; and
- Offer an analytical framework to model the characteristics of glow discharge type of plasma actuator.
Current Professional Services
He is a member of Coursera Advisory Board, University Grants Committee (Hong Kong), Board of Directors of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, and Board of Governors of Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.
Awards & Honors
- Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) & American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
- Distinguished Alumnus Award, National Tsing-Hua University (2013)
- University of Michigan 2013 Alumni Merit Award for the Department of Aerospace Engineering
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- "Faculty, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan". University of Michigan. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- "Books by Wei Shyy".
- "Cambridge Aerospace Series". Cambridge University Press.
- "Pendray Aerospace Literature Award". The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- "Heat Transfer Memorial Award". ASME. Retrieved 25 June 2012.