2022 Thayer Investiture

Chi-Yang Cheng

Chi-Yang Cheng

Adjunct Associate Professor of Engineering

Senior Technical Services Engineer, ANSYS Inc.

Research Interests

Engineering education; high-speed thermophysics and rarefied gas dynamics; physics of boiling, evaporation and condensation; multi-scale fluid mechanics and heat transfer; computational fluid dynamics; numerical methods and high-performance computing


  • BSME, National Taiwan University 1980
  • MSME, University of Rhode Island 1985
  • PhD, mechanical engineering, University of Rhode Island 1990

Selected Publications

  • “Optimization of a Combined Photovoltaic/Thermal Unit Using Computational Fluid Dynamics,” A. Roberts, M.-C. Lai and C.-Y. Cheng, ASME 2014 12th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, Boston, 2014. (ES2014- 6761)
  • “Numerical Modeling of High-speed Flows Over a Microsphere in the Slip and Early Transition Flow Regimes,” C.-Y. Cheng, H. Richter, Y. Dai, G. Li, and M.-C. Lai, ASME 2013 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting, Incline Village, Nevada, 2013. (FEDSM2013-16392)
  • “CFD Solution for Low Tube-to-Particle Diameter Ratio Packed Beds,” G. Li, A. Mukhopadhyay, Y. Dai, and C.-Y. Cheng, ASME Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting, Incline Village, Nevada, 2013. (FEDSM2013-16485)
  • “Various Approaches to Compute Fluid Residence Time in Mixing Systems,” G. Li, A. Mukhopadhyay, C.-Y. Cheng and Y. Dai, ASME 2010 and 3rd Joint USEuropean Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting, Montreal, Canada, 2010. (FEDSMICNMM2010-30771)
  • “An Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics and FlowLab,” Book Chapter in: Fluid Mechanics for Chemical Engineers by James O. Wilkes, 2nd Edition, Prentice-Hall, 2006.