Zhao Awarded Presidential Fellowship

Doctoral candidate Junfeng Zhao has been named a recipient of a Presidential Fellowship. The award is one of the most competitive and prestigious scholarly recognitions given by Ohio State’s Graduate School. His research focuses on modeling, estimation, and control of vehicle powertrains using renewable fuels with specific interests in dynamic system modeling, nonlinear system estimation and control, control of internal combustion engine powered by alternative fuel, and optimization of hybrid powertrain coupled with aftertreatment system. 

The author of numerous journal articles and peer-reviewed conference papers, Zhao also received a Department of Energy Graduate Fellowship Award for study, 2011-2013, and an ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division Student Travel Award, ACC Student Travel Award, 2011-2014. He has been a graduate research associate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering since March 2011 and is a student member of ASME and IEEE. 

Zhao is advised by Associate Professor Junmin Wang, who is the director of the Vehicle Systems and Control LaboratoryHe received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2007, and a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, in 2010.

The Presidential Fellowship is the most prestigious award given by the Graduate School to recognize the outstanding scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. The Presidential Fellowship provides financial support so that each Presidential fellow may devote one year of full-time study to the completion of his or her dissertation or degree project unimpeded by other duties. Competitions are held autumn and spring semesters. Recipients of this award embody the highest standards of scholarship in the full range of Ohio State's graduate programs.