• Dr. Yiding Cao, a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), is a Professor at Florida International University (FIU). He obtained his PhD degree from the University of Dayton in 1991 and joined the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering of FIU in 1993. He is also the head of the thermal science laboratory at FIU. Dr. Cao’s research areas include aerospace applications, fluid flow, heat transfer, internal combustion/heat/gas turbine engines, green refrigerators, fuel cells, solar energy, and renewable energy systems. Prof. Cao has authored and co-authored more than 80 Journal papers and holds 16 U.S. patents. He has been an expert in Heat Pipe technology since early 1990 and is a pioneer in high-temperature heat pipe startup/transient simulations, gas turbine/diesel engine cooling employing high-temperature heat pipes, and miniature heat pipes for electronics cooling. He is recently the inventor of the reciprocating-airfoil (RA) driven VTOL aircraft, and a World’s Top 2% Most Cited Scientist, 2020.

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  • Aerospace Applications, Heat Transfer/Heat Pipes, Electronics Cooling, Gas Turbine Cooling, Internal Combustion Engines/ Heat Engines, Energy Recovery and Renewable Energy Systems, Refrigerators, and Solar Energy.

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  • Yiding Cao


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