30 August 2011
Distinguished engineering professor joins RMIT
Renowned sustainable buildings engineer, Professor Qingyan (Yan) Chen from Purdue University, Indiana, has been appointed an Honorary Professor at RMIT University.
Professor Qingyan Chen, Professor Aleksandar Subic, Head of School, and Professor Jiyuan Tu, Deputy Head, Research and Innovation.
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Professor Chen recently joined the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering as an Honorary Professor in Mechanical Engineering.
A Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), he is Editor-in-Chief of the internationally-acclaimed Building and Environment, a high impact international journal in the field of renewable energy systems research focused on green buildings and other associated applications.
On arrival at RMIT last month, Professor Chen presented a workshop on "Buildings, Indoor Air, Energy and Sustainability".
He took participants through the latest developments in environmental performance of buildings and building systems including:
- computer models and techniques for the design and assessment of energy-efficient build environments and systems;
- human responses to thermal comfort and air quality and technologies; and,
- paradigms and strategies for sustainable development of buildings.
Held at RMIT's Bundoora campus, the one-day workshop saw presentations from academics and engineering professionals including Professor Guan Yeoh (UNSW), Associate Professor John Andrews (RMIT) and Associate Professors Ye Wang and Yimin Xiao (Chongqing University, China).
Industry professionals from across Australia also attended the workshop, including representatives from D&E Air Conditioning, AECOM and Woodwork Innovations.
With a current research track record exceeding $25 million in competitive research funding, Professor Chen's appointment at RMIT and this first workshop strengthens the University's global connections with world-leading academics.
His appointment further develops RMIT's research capabilities in the areas of sustainable energy systems and indoor air quality modelling and optimisation.
Professor Chen presenting at the "Buildings, Indoor Air, Energy and Sustainability" workshop.