Heng Xiao

Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D., 2009, Civil Engineering, Princeton University, USA
  • M.S., 2005, Mathematics, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
  • B.S., 2003, Civil Engineering, Zhejiang University, China
  • AOE 4214: Ocean Wave Mechanics (junior level required course in ocean engineering)
  • AOE 2204: Introduction to Ocean Engineering (sophomore level course; merged with Naval Architecture since 2017)
  • AOE 4244: Marine Engineering (junior level required course in ocean engineering)
  • AOE 5984: Machine Learning and Uncertainty Quantification for Scientists and Engineers (graduate course)

My research aims to advance the fundamental understanding and predictive modeling of complex, multi-scale physical systems in aerospace and ocean engineering, with particular emphasis on fluid flows, turbulence, dispersed phases (e.g., particles, bubbles), and the interactions among them. This is achieved by combining traditional physical models and modern data sciences such as statistical inference and machine learning. Specific areas of interests include:

See my publication page and Google Scholar profile for details.

  • Organizer, SIAM Meeting Uncertainty Quantification minisymposium on "UQ of Complex Physical Systems", 2016.
  • Organizer, SIAM Meeting CSE minisymposium on "UQ of Modeling Simulation of Turbulent Flows", 2017.
  • Reviewer for Journal of Fluid Mechanics; Journal of Turbulence; Reliability Engineering and System Safety; Advances in Water Resources; Journal of Hydraulic Engineering; Combustion Science and Technology; Powder Technology; International Journal of Uncertainty Quantification; Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics.
  •  Reviewer and Panelist for National Science Foundation and Austria National Science Foundation
  • Fellowship, Center of Turbulence Research Summer Progream, Stanford University, 2016.
  • Finalist, Undergraduate Research Advisor Award, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2014
  • 12/2012 to present: Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech, USA
  • 11/2009 to 11/2012: Postdoctoral Researcher/Lecturer, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Heng Xiao
  • (540) 231-0926
  • hengxiao@vt.edu
  • Aerospace & Ocean Engineering (MC0203)
    Randolph Hall, RM 311-A, Virginia Tech
    460 Old Turner St.
    Blacksburg, VA 24061