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Meng-Hsuan Tien awarded distinguished Presidential Fellowship

Photo of Meng-Hsuan TienMechanical engineering graduate student Meng-Hsuan Tien is the most recent department student to receive The Ohio State University Graduate School’s Presidential Fellowship.

The most prestigious award given by the Graduate School, Presidential Fellowship awardees are described as embodying the highest standards of scholarship in the full range of Ohio State's graduate programs. The esteemed designation will provide Tien with full-time financial support for one year to allow him to complete his dissertation unimpeded by other duties.

Tien, who is advised by Kiran D’Souza, focuses his research in the area of nonlinear dynamics. He creates novel computational methods for the analysis of piecewise-linear nonlinear dynamical systems. His work is completed at the Gas Turbine Lab and Nonlinear Dynamics and Vibration Lab, located at the Aerospace Research Center.

“Researching these systems has several impacts and applications, including the analysis of complex turbomachinery, structural damage identification, nonlinear vibration control and energy harvesting,” said Tien. “This fundamental research allows me to explore a wide range of engineering fields.”

Investigation and exploitation of the dynamics of large-scale systems with piecewise-linear nonlinearities is challenging due to the lack of computational efficiency and limited capability of current techniques. This research aims to create more efficient and flexible computational frameworks that enable the analysis and control of their system dynamics.

The Fellowship will also provide travel support to Tien, facilitating opportunities for him to share his research at conferences. He has already presented his work at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC) in 2017 and 2018, and he will present his recent research findings at 2019 IDETC.

“I am extremely honored that my research and academic achievements are being recognized by Ohio State's prestigious Presidential Fellowship,” commented Tien. “I look forward to creating and applying innovative methods to advance the understanding of complex nonlinear dynamical systems. Many real-world applications will be enabled by the efficient techniques developed at GTL and NDVL.”

He joins the ranks of a number of department students who have received the Presidential Fellowship.