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Faculty and Staff Awards 2024

The College of Engineering recognized faculty and staff at the annual faculty and staff awards event and thanked everyone for their hard work and dedication in support of our students, college, and university during the 2023-2024 academic year. View award recipients and photo gallery.

Zheng Receives Energies 2023 Young Investigator Award

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng received the Energies 2023 Young Investigator Award. Zheng leads a growing research group focusing on nanoenergy in multiple disciplines, including materials science, physics, and engineering. He is the first recipient from the United States to receive this award, previous recipients were from Denmark, Singapore, Australia, and China.

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Zheng Selected as ASME Fellow

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng was selected as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) for his exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession, particularly in the research field of micro/nanoscale heat transfer for sustainable energy harvesting, conversion, and storage.

Using Spark Fund Award to Revolutionize Cooling Technology

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng is using the Spark Funds he received earlier this year to develop and commercialize more practical passive cooling products to combat the negative effects of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Zheng Selected as NECAA Scientist of the Year

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng was honored to be selected and conferred the title of the “Scientist of the Year” by the New England Chinese American Alliance at the NECAA Annual Gala.

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Developing Eco-Friendly Cooling Solutions

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng’s spinout from his lab at Northeastern, Planck Energies, has received a $275K NSF grant for “Climate-Eco-friendly Biocoating for Passive Cooling of Infrastructure.”

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Eco-Friendly Passive Cooling with Recycled Packaging Plastics

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng’s research group Nano Energy Laboratory published their research on “Oil-paper-umbrella-inspired passive radiative cooling using recycled packaging foam” in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A and “Eco-friendly passive radiative cooling using recycled packaging plastics” in Materials Today Sustainability.

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Pioneering Sustainable Solutions in Clean Energy

Planck Energies, founded by MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng, is a clean-energy startup that is developing cutting-edge renewable energy solutions for commercial and residential environments. Planck Energies: Pioneering Sustainability in the Entrepreneurial Community at Northeastern Northeastern University, renowned for its groundbreaking research and entrepreneurial spirit, has become a thriving ecosystem for innovation and startup development. […]

Spring 2023 Spark Fund Awardees

MIE Associate Professor Randal Erb, ChE/BioE Associate Professor Eno Ebong, ChE Professor Rebecca Carrier, and MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng are recipients of the Spring 2023 Spark Fund Awards.

Top 100 in Materials Science – 2022

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng’s research on “Dome-arrayed chitosan/PVA hydrogel-based solar evaporator for steam generation” was featured as one of the top 100 downloaded material science articles by Scientific Reports.

2023 Acorn Innovation Awards

ECE Assistant Professor Sarah Ostadabbas, Professor Deniz Erdogmus, and MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng received MassVentures Acorn Innovation Awards to assist them in testing the viability of their technologies and potentially bringing their research to market.

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Zheng Receives ASTFE Early Career Researcher Award

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng was awarded the inaugural American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers (ASTFE) Early Career Researcher Award for his significant contributions to the field of Thermal and Fluids Engineering. The award was presented at the ASTFE Conference in March 2023.

Zheng Receives State Recognition for Contributions to Sustainability and Clean Technology

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng was recognized by the Massachusetts House of Representatives for his “Outstanding Contributions to Sustainability and Clean Technology”. Zheng is devoted to clean energy education, research, and business, to provide climate-friendly energy-saving solutions and reduce carbon emissions globally.

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This Inorganic Fiber-based Paper Passively Cools Buildings, Vehicles and Much More

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng’s research on “This Inorganic Fiber-based Paper Passively Cools Buildings, Vehicles and Much More” was featured in the October 2022 issue of the Chemical Engineering magazine.

Zheng Receives Certificate of Recognition from Boston Mayor

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng was presented a Certificate of Recognition signed by the Mayor of the City of Boston Michelle Wu for recognition of his commitment and dedication to serving the Asian Community and beyond!

Using Spark Fund Award to Build a Better Roof with Cooling Paper

MIE Professor Yi Zheng is using the Spark Funds he received earlier this year to use passive cooling paper in designing more efficient roofing materials.

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Developing High-Performance System to Harvest Solar and Thermal Energy

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng, in collaboration with Faraday Technology Inc., received a $150k research grant from the U.S. Air Force to create “Concentric Ultra-Dark Solar-Thermal Absorber and Metasurface Thermal Emitter for Thermophotovoltaic Power Conversion.” 

Six Engineering Spinouts Selected as Eddies Finalists

Six spinout companies that were created by engineering faculty have been selected as finalists for the Massachusetts Innovation Network’s innovation competition, The Eddies. Every year, the Massachusetts Innovation Network hosts its signature innovation competition, The Eddies. The Eddies (formerly known as NE Innovation Awards) is the oldest and longest running innovation competition in New England. […]

Startup Developed From Cooling Paper Research

MIE Professor Yi Zheng and mechanical engineering student Andrew Caratenuto, PhD’24, created the startup company Planck Energies to develop a cooling paper they designed that could reduce cooling needs. Northeastern researchers design cooling paper that might lessen need for AC Main photo: Andrew Caratenuto, who studies mechanical engineering, tests cooling performance under solar simulator on […]

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Zheng Receives 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng has been selected to receive the prestigious 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award from 3M Corporation. This competitive award recognizes outstanding young faculty who were nominated by 3M researchers and selected based on their research, experience, and academic leadership. Zheng is recognized for his work in advanced energy materials, with a special […]

Nano Energy Lab Receives ASTFE Honorary Recognition

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng’s research group (Nano Energy Laboratory) attended the American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers (ASTFE) 7th annual Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference to present topics ranging from ocean biomass-based energy functional material to photonic metamaterial to magnetic manipulation of nanoscale thermal transport.

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High-Efficiency Radiant Energy Transfer

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng, in collaboration with industrial partner Faraday Technology, Inc. in Ohio, was awarded a $250K DARPA SBIR grant for “Near-field thermophotovoltaic system with nanostructured absorber/emitter for high-efficiency radiant energy transfer.”

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Designing a Solar-Driven Water Desalination System

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng was awarded a $250K NSF grant to develop a “Solar Evaporator-Based High-Efficiency Water Desalination System.”

Fall 2021 Spark Fund Awardees

BioE Professor Jeff Ruberti, ECE Assistant Professor Aatmesh Shrivastava, ChE Assistant Professor Benjamin Woolston, and MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng are recipients of Spark Fund Awards, which help Northeastern researchers bridge the gap between promising lab results and demonstrating a commercially viable prototype.

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Cow Manure Turned Into Filter to Make Drinking Water from Seawater

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng was featured in the Science Times article “Cow Manure Turned Into Filter to Make Drinking Water from Seawater.”

Zheng’s Research Featured on Covers of Royal Society of Chemistry Journals

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng’s research has been featured on covers of two Royal Society of Chemistry journals – Nanoscale and Journal of Chemistry Materials A.

Using Natural Materials to Produce Drinkable Water

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng is using natural materials like cow manure and hornet nests to create filters that can be used in desalination systems.

Cooling Paper

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng was interviewed by the host of the “Top of Mind with Julie Rose”, Julie Rose, the Gracie Award recipient,  and her team for his cooling paper technology.

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Inventor Creates New Material that Can Keep Buildings Cool Without Air Conditioning

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng’s research was featured in The Hill, titled, “Inventor Creates New Material that Can Keep Buildings Cool Without Air Conditioning.” Other sampling media coverage: Good News Network, Home Improvement News, Spring Wise, Community of Flights,

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Using Recycled Paper to Cool the Air

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng developed a “cooling paper” that could help cool the air in homes and businesses without the use of electricity. How to keep cool without turning on the A/C Main photo: What if buildings could stay cool all on their own—no electricity required? That’s the premise of a new invention by […]

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Zheng Selected as NASA Glenn Faculty Fellow

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng was selected to be a NASA Glenn Faculty Fellow in the area of “Harsh Environment Sensor Development” during summer 2021.

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Solar-Powered Water Desalination System to Address Water, Energy Crises

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng recently received a $355,408 Soleeva Energy Innovation Award to develop a functional interfacial structure for solar driven water desalination and purification. The system would also be integrated with solar photovoltaic systems. San Jose, California-based Soleeva Energy is sponsoring the research. Zheng said he will be working with Soleeva Co-Founder CEO […]

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Zheng Awarded NSF CAREER Award

MIE Associate Professor Yi Zheng was awarded a $500K NSF CAREER grant for the “Investigation of Nanoscale Radiative Heat Transfer for Enhanced Thermal Infrared Energy Conversion and Cooling.”

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New Faculty Spotlight: Yi Zheng

Yi Zheng joins the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering department in August 2019 as an Associate Professor.