Shengwei Zhu

Current Position: 

Assistant Research Professor, University of Maryland
Ziff Environmental Fellow: 2008-2010

Faculty Host: 

Shengwei Zhu is an environmental scientist interested in the control of thermal comfort and air quality in indoor environments, where people usually spend over 95% of their lifetime.

Shengwei received a BS in mechanical engineering from Zhejiang University in China in 1996. Then, he transferred to the graduate school of engineering at the University of Tokyo in Japan, receiving an MS in 2001 and a PhD in 2005, both in architecture. He spent the following year working at the Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo, as a postdoctoral fellow. Since December 2006, he has been working as a Hans Christian Ørsted postdoctoral fellow at the International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy (ICIEE), Technical University of Denmark. He has a strong expertise in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations of distributions of physical properties such as velocity, air temperature and contaminant in indoor environment, which are resulting from the complex interactions between the occupants and their surroundings by means of the exchanges of air, heat, humidity, multifold contaminants, etc. Since Shengwei transferred to ICIEE, he has been working on the development of advanced methods for air distribution in occupied spaces with focus on protection of people from airborne transmission of infectious diseases.

As a Ziff Environmental Fellow, Shengwei worked with John Spengler from the Department of Environmental Health at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard. He developed effective mechanical ventilation methods to restrain in-bus airborne infection transmission due to passengers’ exhalation, coughing and walking, based on CFD simulation of the airborne transport of exhaled viruses. Additionally, he used the mathematic epidemiology models to predict the probability of the infection. It conduced to improve the performance of the ventilation systems in buses and other vehicles such as trains, trams, metros, etc, to limit the in-vehicle airborne infection transmission caused by exhaled viruses. This is very important work as people spend 5-7% of their lifetime in transit.

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