Ph.D. 2000, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at
M.S. 1998, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at
B.S. 1995, Automatic Control, Southeast University, China
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University
of Minnesota, 2012-2016
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2007-2012
Scientific & Professional Societies
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
ME Research Areas
Dynamic Systems and Control
Automotive Propulsion System
ME Impact Areas
Robotics & Mobility
Environment & Sustainability
ME 8287: Design and Control of Automotive Powertrain
Honors and Awards
Best Paper Award, ASME Automotive and Transportation Systems Technical Committee, 2018.
Charles E. Bowers Faculty Teaching Award, College of Science and Engineering,
University of Minnesota, 2015.
CAREER Award, NSF, 2012.
George W. Taylor Career Development Award, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2012.
Best Paper Award, the 2012 International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies and Integration.
Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, SAE, 2011.
“Inventor Milestone” Award, GM R&D, 2006.
Spark Plug Award, GM R&D, 2005, “For Demonstrating the Importance of Spirit and Moral”.
Charles L. McCuen Special Achievement Award, GM R&D, 2004.
Tripathi, A., Zhang, C and Sun, Z., “A Multizone Model of the Combustion Chamber Dynamics in a Controlled Trajectory Rapid Compression and Expansion Machine (CT-RCEM)”, Applied Energy, in press, 2018.
Zhang, C. and Sun, Z., “A Control-Oriented Model for Trajectory-Based HCCI Combustion”, ASME Transactions on Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, Vol. 140, 091013, September, 2018.
Li, K., Zhang, C and Sun, Z., “Transient Motion Control for a Free Piston Engine”, Proceedings of the IMechE, Part D, Journal of Automobile Engineering, Vol. 231, pp.1709-1717, Oct. 2017.
Shao, Y., Mohd Zulkefli, A. and Sun, Z., “Vehicle and Powertrain Optimization for Autonomous and Connected Vehicles”, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Magazine, Vol.5, No. 3, pp.15-19, Sept., 2017.
Hu, J., Shao, Y., Sun, Z., and Bared, J., “Integrated Vehicle and Powertrain Optimization for Passenger Vehicles with Vehicle-Infrastructure Communication”, Transportation Research Part C, 79, pp.85-102, 2017.