2019 40 Under 40: Joy Zhiwei Huang; 27

Senior Engineer, Johnson Controls Inc., Norman, Oklahoma BS Building Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park

By Jack Smith and Amara Rozgus May 16, 2019

Working in new product development, Huang enjoys collaborating with cross-functional team members to tackle “impossible” design problems. She uses modeling, analysis and simulations to facilitate the design process. Leveraging her research and programming skills, she successfully developed a simulation model that reduced the development time. She also conducts research and generates innovative ideas. She filed five patent applications just in the first year at the company. These ideas cover new heat exchanger deigns, system designs and controls. Her research includes vapor compression cycle simulation, heat exchanger design and optimization. During her doctoral study, she developed a 3D printed bifurcated bare tube heat exchanger that has 38% lower total power, 83% smaller volume and 87% smaller material volume than those of louvered fin minichannel heat exchanger. Enthusiastic about HVAC, Huang was former president of ASHRAE UMD Chapter and now serves as program chair for ASHRAE Technical Committee 8.4. She promotes science, technology, engineering and math, both at the K-12 and the college levels. In November 2015, she volunteered at Glebe Elementary School, Arlington, Virginia, where she did an acoustics demonstration with shoeboxes, egg crates and cotton balls with the help of a handy decibel meter. She lectured at Hagerstown Community College about “Sustainable Energy” in November 2016. Outside of work, Huang refreshes with reading, traveling and spending quality time with family and friends. 

Author Bio: Jack Smith is a Content Manager at CFE Media. Amara Rozgus is Editor-in-Chief of Consulting-Specifying Engineer.