Tao Deng is the “Zhi Yuan” Chair Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China. He currently also serves as the Associate Dean for International Collaboration at the School of Materials Science and Engineering in Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He obtained his B.S. in 1996 from University of Science and Technology of China and PhD degree in 2001 from Harvard University, both in materials chemistry. After his postdoctoral research at MIT, he joined General Electric (GE)’s Global Research Center at Niskayuna, New York, in 2003. He spent nine years at GE’s central laboratory, one of the most vibrant industrial research laboratories, and grew his technical role from research scientist to lead scientist and senior scientist. His research at GE’s laboratory focused on developing advanced material-based solution for a wide range of GE’s businesses, including GE Industrial, GE Power, GE Water, GE Health Care, and GE Transportation. In the summer of 2012, he moved back to academic research and joined the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His current research focuses on energy materials and systems inspired by biological systems, especially thermal energy-related materials and systems, including materials and systems for thermal energy generation, conversion, storage, and detection.
He is the recipient of the Guo Moruo President Award at University of Science and Technology of China and numerous GE technical and patent awards. He is also the recipient of best paper awards at International Mechanical Engineering Congress Conference (2008) and IEEE-ASME International Thermal Conference (2010). In 2011, he was selected as one of the top 100 young engineers to participate in the US National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering Symposium and was selected in the “1000 Talents” program by the Chinese government in 2012. He also received the top teaching award, Kai Yuan Teaching Award, at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2015, and the top education award of Shanghai, Yu Ren Award, in 2016. He has published more than 100 journal papers and 60 GE internal technical reports, and has more than 70 patent and patent applications.
He is actively participating in community services and professional society activities. He has been involved with MRS starting from his graduate study at Boston, Massachusetts. He organized many symposia for various MRS conferences, including symposia at International Materials Research Congress co-sponsored by MRS and the Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales, MRS Spring Meetings, and MRS Fall Meetings. In 2017, he served as a Meeting Chair for the MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the MRS organizer, together with several organizers from MIT, of the successful Special Workshop in Memory of Professor Millie Dresselhaus at the 2017 MRS Fall Meeting. He has been a volunteer for the MRS Member Engagement Committee since 2012, and was the invited speaker and panelist at several career development forums organized by MRS. He served as the task force leader for the international members, in which role he helped to organize various engagement activities for international members at MRS meetings, and also started the early push to increase nominations of international members for MRS awards. Currently he is the chair of the Communities Subcommittee of the Member Engagement Committee, with a focus on keeping specific communities engaged with MRS, and to expand collaboration globally.
He is a board member of the Chinese MRS, and the executive member of the Committee for International Collaboration of Chinese MRS. He is the chair of the Commission on Development of the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS), with the focus on the development of strategies and collaborations between MRSes of different countries, both inside and outside of IUMRS. In 2014, he served as the Conference Co-Chair for the 2014 IUMRS International Conference of Young Researchers on Advanced Materials. He also serves on the Editorial Board of various journals, including Scientific Reports, Progress in Natural Science, and Materials Advancement in China.
As a long term member of MRS, I really enjoy being part of the family and work hard to grow together with MRS. Most of my volunteering work focuses on international collaboration and I am hoping, as a candidate for MRS Board of Directors, to further utilize my strength to contribute to the growth of MRS.
MRS is growing as an influential international research organization. With the inclusion of almost 50% of MRS members from countries around the world, MRS needs to enhance its service to the international members. Such enhancement, for example, can be achieved through providing equal opportunities in engaging international members at MRS meetings, and through similar promotion of MRS awards to international members.
MRS leads the world in the materials research community due to the high quality of MRS meetings. MRS meetings no doubt represent the best meetings for materials researchers in large scale. There is, however, still room for growth of MRS meetings, especially internationally. Can we work more closely with MRSes of other countries to bring the high quality of MRS meetings to their members? Is there any other approach to collaborate internationally to further grow MRS meetings, both in quality and quantity?
MRS's leading the world in the materials research community is also due to the impact MRS brings to not only materials researchers, but also to the general public. Can we expand further such impact, also internationally? Currently there are some MRS-sponsored events outside of US, but the impact is still not at the level desired. With the huge success of MRS outreach activities within US, can MRS lend its hand to grow such activities internationally?
Again, as a candidate for MRS Board of Directors, I would like to contribute to the growth of MRS with the focus of my contribution towards both enhancing the engagement of MRS's international members and also through strengthening the international collaboration between MRS and the corresponding organizations in other countries.