by Deborah Silliman Wolfe/College of Engineering
This summer, Dr. Bing Dong, assistant professor with the College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, is mentoring Yi Wang, an exchange student from China, as part of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Annex 66 project to undertake research and provide an international focus for building energy efficiency.
“This is my first time mentoring as part of the exchange program,” said Dong. “Yi Wang will be working with me researching building occupancy behavior studies and we sent one of our master’s students, Gaelen McFadden, to China to conduct research at Tsinghua University.”
The ten week exchange program allows students to research, as well as get to know more about the culture of the area.
“I like it very much here because I find the atmosphere is free and relaxing,” said Wang, a Ph.D. student at Tsinghua University. “I haven’t found many differences yet, at least relating to research, but maybe that is because I am just starting the program. I think when I start on June 26, it will be more intensive.”
Tsinghua University, which is ranked one of the top universities in China. According to Dong, Tsinghua University typically only sends exchange students to top-ranked universities like MIT, Harvard, and Stanford.
“This is an extremely exceptional case,” said Dong. “I am so excited and honored to be part of this collaboration between Tsinghua University and The University of Texas at San Antonio. I think this is a great opportunity to expose students to the top research in the world and to have them learn not just at their home university, but somewhere else in the world. I want our students to see how we can learn from each other to advance the knowledge in the area of building energy efficiency.”
Dong encourages other faculty members to enter an exchange program.
“We should not only live in our own world; we should step out and see what others are doing and see what we can learn from them,” he said.