Jie Zhang

Assistant Professor - Mechanical Engineering
jiezhang@utdallas.edu
972-883-4541
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Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Mechanical Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - 2012
M.S. - Mechanical Engineering
Huazhong University of Science & Technology - 2008
B.S. - Mechanical Engineering
Huazhong University of Science & Technology - 2006

Research Areas

Research Interests

Dr. Zhang's research interests and expertise are:  multidisciplinary design optimization, complex engineered systems, big data analytics, power & energy systems, wind energy, renewable integration, energy systems modeling and simulation.  

Publications

Cui, M., Ke, D., Sun, Y., Gan, D., Zhang, J. and Hodge, B.-M., “Wind Power Ramp Event Forecasting Using a Stochastic Scenario Generation Method,” IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, 2015, Vol. 6, Issue 2, 2015, pp. 422-433. 2015 - Publication
Zhang, J., Florita, A., Hodge, B.-M., Lu, S., Hamann, H. F., Banunarayanan, V. and Brockway, A., “A Suite of Metrics for Assessing the Performance of Solar Power Forecast- ing,” Solar Energy, Vol. 111, 2015, pp. 157-175. 2015 - Publication
Zhang, J., Draxl, C., Hopson, T., Delle Monache, L., Vanvyve, E. and Hodge, B.-M., “Comparison of Numerical Weather Prediction Based Deterministic and Probabilistic Wind Resource Assessment Methods,” Applied Energy, Vol. 156, 2015, pp. 528-541. 2015 - Publication

Appointments

Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2015–Present]
Research Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory [2014–2015]
Postdoctoral Researcher
National Renewable Energy Laboratory [2012–2014]

Additional Information

Major Honors and Awards
  • Best paper award, Renewable Energy Journal, 2015 
  • Best paper award, IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, 2015
  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Technical Committee (MDO TC) Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2015 - Present
  • Solar Energy Division Technical Committee (SED TC) Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2014 – Present
  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Senior Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME)

News Articles

Engineers Recognized for Work to Improve Business Forecasting Practices
Two researchers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science have received the 2017-2018 SAS-IIF Research Award from the International Institute of Forecasters (IIF).

IIF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and furthering the generation, distribution and use of knowledge on forecasting. Every year, IIF provides two awards on forecasting, one each in business applications and methodology.
Mechanical Engineering Group Wins Best Paper Award
A team of researchers in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science recently won best paper award at the IEEE Green Technologies Conference.
The Conference aimed to address securing green and clean energy sources to protect the environment and help build a more resilient power grid. The theme of this year’s conference was “smart cities,” which looked to increase efficiency and improve quality of life by creating systems that reduce costs and improve services.
Mechanical Engineer Garners Best Paper Award
Dr. Jie Zhang, assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, received a best paper award at the 2017 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, held last month in Chicago.

Zhang attended the conference with graduate student Cong Feng, the lead author of “Short-term Global Horizontal Irradiance Forecasting Based on Sky Imaging and Pattern Recognition,” which was chosen in the category for Power System Planning, Operation, and Electricity Markets. Research associate Mingjian Cui and mechanical engineering senior Meredith Lee were also co-authors of the paper, which concerned improving short-term solar power forecasting for power system operations
Researchers Work to Improve Business Forecasting Practices
A pair of researchers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science have received the 2017-2018 SAS-IIF Research Award from the International Institute of Forecasters (IIF).

IIF is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and furthering the generation, distribution, and use of knowledge on forecasting. Every year, IIF provides two awards on forecasting in Business Applications and Methodology.