Zhang Honored with AIAA and ASME Awards

Zhuomin Zhang

April 19, 2021

Zhuomin Zhang, J. Erskine Love, Jr. Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, is being recognized with prestigious awards from two prominent professional organizations. 

During annual meetings this summer he will receive the Thermophysics Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Yeram S. Touloukian Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

The citation for the Thermophysics Award reads “In recognition of outstanding contributions to microscale and nanoscale thermophysics and the understanding of interactions between thermal radiation and micro/nanostructured materials.”

According to AIAA, the Thermophysics Award was established in 1975, and is presented for an outstanding singular or sustained technical or scientific contribution by an individual in thermophysics, specifically as related to the study and application of the properties and mechanisms involved in thermal energy transfer and the study of environmental effects on such properties and mechanisms.

“Professor Zhuomin Zhang’s selection as the recipient of the 2021 AIAA Thermophysics Award is well-deserved recognition of his many contributions in the area of micro and nanoscale thermophysics,” said Georgia Tech President Emeritus G.P. “Bud” Peterson, who is a professor in the Woodruff School and is a past recipient of the award. “Professor Zhang is the consummate faculty member and researcher. He has and continues to provide strong leadership to the AIAA and other professional societies through his outstanding scholarship, mentorship of students and other faculty, and his active involvement and engagement in the heat transfer community.”

The ASME Yeram S. Touloukian Award, established in 1997, is bestowed triennially to recognize outstanding technical contributions in the field of thermophysical properties to an individual who is internationally recognized for major contributions in the thermophysical properties field. Fields recognized by the award include, but are not limited to, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, physics and chemistry.

Zhang’s citation for the award states: “for pioneering research leading to the understanding of thermal radiative properties of micro- and nanoscale structures, for novel applications of this understanding to emerging fields of thermophysical properties, and for internationally recognized leadership in the thermophysical properties community.”

“Zhuomin Zhang is an outstanding member of our faculty and is highly deserving of these recognitions and honors,” said Samuel Graham, Eugene C. Gwaltney, Jr. Chair of the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. “He is well-known internationally for his contributions to heat transfer and thermophysics and is a valuable member of Georgia Tech.  During his almost 20 years of service in the Woodruff School, he has had a profound impact on his colleagues and the many students he has advised and mentored, many of whom were inspired to pursue their own careers in academia in part because of his example and guidance.”


Professor Zhang is an international leading and pioneering scholar in microscale and nanoscale thermal radiation and radiative properties of micro/nanostructures, with applications to radiation thermometry for semiconductor manufacturing and energy conversion. He has made seminal contributions to the theory and measurements of spectral radiative properties of solids and thin films, micro/nanostructures including photonic crystals, gratings, carbon nanotube arrays, metamaterials, two-dimensional materials, etc. He has published over 200 archival journal papers and 10 invited book chapters. He has given more than 400 invited and contributed technical presentations at international conferences and universities around the world. He authored an outstanding textbook on Nano/Microscale Heat Transfer (2007; 2020), which has been adopted by many universities worldwide and translated into Chinese in 2016. Under his guidance, 21 PhD and 11 MS thesis students have graduated. Professor Zhang has also supervised many visiting scholars, postdoctoral fellows and undergraduate researchers. Many of his former students and visiting scholars have established successful careers at major universities in the United States, China (mainland and Taiwan), and South Korea. Professor Zhang has been a PI and co-PI for over 40 funded research projects from NSF, DOE, NIST, AFRL, and industry, with total funding amount exceeding $8 million.