Jiajun Xu

University of the District of Columbia

Dr. Jiajun Xu is an Associate Professor and a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). He is the Founder and Director of NASA-funded Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM-STAR), DoD-funded Advanced Manufacturing laboratory, and NSF-funded Multiscale Thermal Transport and Energy Conversion Laboratory. He joined UDC in 2013 as an Assistant Professor and received his tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2018. He is the recipient of the Excellence in Research award, Excellence in Student Mentoring award, and ONR summer research fellowship since 2016. He also received Ann G. Wylie Presidential Award for his outstanding Ph.D. dissertation work. Jiajun Xu is passionate about bringing his research findings into real-life applications, therefore his research has attracted many extramural funding supports and 3 US provisional patents. Since joining UDC in 2013, his research has resulted in over 15 million extramural funding support (~6 million as PI) for his research, 3 provisional patents, over 60 peer-reviewed publications, and book chapters, and research collaborations with government agencies, federal research labs, and hi-tech companies. His areas of specialization are the following: (I) in-situ characterization and multiscale modeling of energy transport inside nanostructured materials, (II) thermal management and energy conversion using nano-enhanced materials, (III) in-situ monitoring and process optimization of direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) based additive manufacturing, and (IV) environment-friendly wastewater treatment using nanoparticle infused mesoporous materials. His research is currently sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Jiajun Xu is prolific in engaging underrepresented and minority students in performing cutting-edge and interdisciplinary research: so far, he has mentored over 120 student scholars and produced many high-impact peer-reviewed publications with them, and attracted many collaborations and partnerships within domestic and internationally through various projects. He is also instrumental in innovative pedagogical practices: his “student presentation based active learning” style allows free exchange with students and promotes deep learning. His pedagogical research findings have been published in several peer-reviewed publications and shared with numerous audiences at national and international conferences. He is also a strong believer in experiential learning, in which he has engaged and mentored numerous students through initiating various exciting projects including the NASA Human Rover challenge, NASA RASCAL competition, and IBM Design Thinking Challenge. Through all those projects and a variety of outreach initiatives, he and his team can engage the under-represented and minority community and help increase their awareness of STEM education. He is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including the 2021 BEYA Conference Modern Day Technology Leader Award, Excellence in External Funding, Excellence in Research award, and Myrtilla Miners Fellowship from the University of the District of Columbia. He has been the recipient of a Summer Faculty Research Fellowship from the Office of Naval Research. He is an active member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers, and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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