Dr. Ning Zhang, professor
of mechanical engineering at McNeese
State University, has been named a Fellow of the 2019 class of the American
Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
ASME is a nonprofit organization created to promote
multidisciplinary engineering through professional outreach, education,
training and development, publications and research, and the establishment of industry
codes and standards.
Founded in 1880, ASME has more than 100,000 members in over 140
Less than 4% of ASME members attain the
rank of fellow, which is awarded to outstanding researchers with significant
contributions to the field.
"This fellowship means a lot to me,” says Zhang.
"The McNeese administration has been very supportive of my research, and, while
McNeese is not a major research institution, this honor shows that research conducted
by professors and students here at McNeese does make a positive impact on the
Zhang earned his
doctorate in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University. While
at McNeese, his research has focused on fluid engineering issues that affect coastal
areas in Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas, including coastal erosion,
flood and storm surge management, and sediment and salinity transport.
Zhang has also worked
with students to develop software that uses computer modeling to test dynamic fluid
scenarios and solutions. He has received several endowed professorships and a
Pinnacle Excellence Award that have funded his research.
In addition to presenting
at conferences and organizing technical symposiums for ASME, Zhang chaired
the organization’s Computational Fluid Dynamics Technical committee from 2012
to 2016 and he is the current chair of the Fluids Engineering Division Honors
and Awards committee. He is also an associate editor for the Journal of Fluids