Shan Zhong obtained her BEng and MEng degrees from Tsinghua University in China and her PhD degree from Cambridge University. She joined The Victoria University of Manchester as a Lecturer in 1997 after having worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Oxford University for three years. She is now Professor of Experimental Fluid Mechanics and the head of Aerodynamics Research Group at the School of MACE.
Prof Zhong's research is concerned with fluid flows. She is particularly interested in studying the fundamental physical mechanics of complex fluid phenomenon using various experimental methods, including PIV and flow visualization techniques. Her research work spans a wide range of flow regimes from low-Reynolds number propulsion (a research interest that she developed during her six-month sabbatical at Princeton University in 2009) to supersonic flow. The primary focus of her current work is flow control with the aim of increasing aerodynamics performance, operation range and fuel efficiency of turbomachinery and air/land transportation vehicles. Prof Zhong’s work has received financial support from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Royal Society, Leverhulme Trust, Airbus UK, BAE Systems, Dyson Tech Ltd and other sources. By far, she has published over 120 papers in international journal and conferences, and supervised 20 PhD and 4 MPhil students to a successful completion of their projects.
Prof Zhong is a Fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society and a senior life-time member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.