Tao Zhi (1963.12—) is a professor and PhD supervisor of the School of Energy and Power Engineering and Vice President of Beihang University. He is a member of the 12th CPPCC National Committee, Vice Director of National Laboratory of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NLAA), and Director of National Key Laboratory of Aero-thermodynamics of Aero-engines. He received his doctor’s degree from the University of Strathclyde. In 2005, he was selected as a distinguished professor of the Chang Jiang Scholars Program.
Prof. Tao’s research interests include flow and heat transfer of high-temperature rotating parts, efficient cooling technology, micro-scale power systems, aero-engine coupling layout, and power systems and aircraft coupling layout. He has made outstanding contributions to the field of aerodynamics and thermodynamics of aircraft engines. As the chief scientist, he took charge of two national defense 973 projects.
He has published more than 200 papers in domestic and international academic journals and won a first prize and a second prize of the National Defense Science and Technology Progress Award, a second prize of National Defense Technological Invention Award and a second prize of National Education and Teaching Achievement Award. He is the chief editor of the Journal of Aerospace Power and Propulsion and Power Research. The innovation team of aircraft engine aerothermodynamics led by Prof. Tao was selected as one of the first national defense science and technology innovation teams. His teaching team of aircraft power courses won the title of National Outstanding Teaching Team.