CoE Mechanical Engineering Professor Receives Caplenor Faculty Research Award

Ying Zhang

On November 11, Mechanical Engineering professor Ying Zhang was named as recipient of the 2013-2014 Caplenor Faculty Research Award. The award is granted for excellence in research and scholarly rigor.


Over the course of her career, Zhang has published 32 refereed journal papers and 22 conference proceeding papers, as well as giving 29 oral presentations at national and international conferences. In 2013, she received the College of Engineering’s Teacher-Scholar Award, as well as the Kinslow Award for outstanding paper in 2008. Her work in superalloys to improve aircraft engine performance earned her the NSF-GOALI Award in 2005; more recently, a white paper entitled “Development of Marinized Pt-Modified MCrA1X Coatings with Improved Hot Corrosion and Oxidation Resistance Synthesized via a Low-Cost Electrodeposition Process” was selected by the Office of Naval Research for further consideration. Zhang’s team is among only four institutions nationwide that has been invited by the ONR to submit a full proposal on hot corrosion issues in jet engines.

“I’m so honored to be selected for this award,” said Zhang. “I’m reminded, however, of a quote from Socrates: ‘The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know’”

The Caplenor Award was established in 1984, in honor of the late Charles Donald Caplenor, former associate vice president for research and dean of instructional development.



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