The College of Energy Engineering, Zhejiang University, is formerly the Department of Thermophysics Engineering. The Department of Thermophysics Engineering was founded in May 1978, which is the earliest department of engineering thermophysics among Chinese Universities, and is also among China's first batch of engineering thermophysics doctoral disciplines. In 1987, Engineering Thermophysics was approved as state-level key discipline. In 2007, Power Machinery and Engineering Thermophysics was named first-level national key discipline. In September 1989, the Department ofThermophysics Engineering was renamed as the Department of Energy Engineering. In September 1999, the Department of Energy Engineering, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Department of Engineering Mechanics jointly formed the College of Mechanics and Energy Engineering. In January 2009, The Department of Energy Engineering functioned independently once again on the basis of first-level discipline. In 2014, it was renamed as College of Energy Engineering. In September 2016, the Institute of Process Equipment was merged into College of Energy Engineering.
The current dean is Professor Gao Xiang, who is Chair Professor of Cheung Kong Scholars Program”, Top-grade Expert in Zhejiang Province, and Winner of China National Fund for Distinguished Young Scientists.
Under College of Energy Engineering, there are 5 institutes, including Institute for Thermal Power Engineering, Institute of Process Equipment, Institute of Refrigeration and Cryogenics, Power Machinery & Vehicular Engineering Institute, Institute of Thermal Science & Power Systems. The college has 1 first-level national key discipline, 1 first-level doctoral discipline, 1 first-level postdoctoral station, one 2011 Collaborative innovation center, 1 national key laboratory, 1 national engineering laboratory, 2 national engineering research (technology) center, 1 national research and development (experiment) center, and 1 national experimental teaching demonstration center.
The college owns a total of eight Master's degree and Ph.D. programs, including Engineering Thermal Physics, Thermal Power Engineering, Process Equipment, Refrigeration and Cryogenic engineering, Power Machinery and Engineering, Fluid Machinery and Engineering, Energy and Environmental Engineering, and New Energy Science and Engineering. Moreover, there are 2 interdisciplinary master’s degree and Ph.D. programs, namely, Vehicular Engineering and Heating, Gas Supply, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Engineering. The college has 4 undergraduate programs, including Energy & Environmental System Engineering (Energy and Environmental Engineering & Automation, Refrigeration and Artificial environment & automation included), New Energy Science and Engineering, Mechanical Design, Manufacture and Automation (Vehicular Engineering), and Process Equipment & Control Engineering. The college has established a complete teaching system that covers doctoral, postgraduate, undergraduate and Continuing education.
In 2017, the College has enrolled 214 master degree candidates and 96 PhD candidates. Engineering College enrolled 54 part-time on-the-job master degree candidates in the field of power engineering. Total 229 students of Grade 2017 confirmed major and studied in the College. In 2017, there are total 268 undergraduates, 195 master graduate, and 77 PhD graduate. The primary employment rate of undergraduate and master graduate in 2017 is as high as 98%.
At present, the College holds 142 teaching faculty, among whom, 74 people own senior professional title and 45 people own deputy senior title. The college has 75 doctoral tutors and 98 postgraduate tutors. In 2017, the College has newly increased 1 Top-grade Expert in Zhejiang Province, 1 winner of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, 1 young scholar of Cheung Kong Scholars Program, 1 winner of “National Fund for Outstanding Youth, and the College brought in 7 talents.
The College’s scientific research funds of Year 2017 reached RMB234,230,000, among which the fund from government accounted for 61%. In 2017, the College received 14 National Natural Science Foundation, 1 Key Project of National Natural Science Foundation, 2 National Key Research and Development Projects, 8 research subjects, with total fund of RMB80,000,000. The research and application of coal-fired unit ultra-low emission technology won the First Class National Awards for Technological Invention of 2017. Another two technologies, namely Hazardous waste rotary multiple pyrolysis incineration and pollutant coordinated control key technology, and heavy pressure vessel lightweight design & manufacture key technology and engineering application, won national Second Rank Scientific Progress Prize. In 2016, the authorized invention patents reached 134 items. 322 papers were collected by SCI and 69 papers were collected by EI.
The College highly values international exchanges and cooperation. It carries out extensive and in-depth academic exchange and scientific research cooperation with experts and scholars from distinguished universities, research institutes and industrial community in United States, Sweden, France, Australia, Japan, South Korea and HK, Macao and Taiwan, China. In 2017, over 350 people went overseas or HK, Macao and Taiwan, China to carry out investigation, cooperative study, attend international academic conference and work on international cooperative research projects. Meanwhile, the College has invited and welcomed over 70 famous scholars and experts from China and abroad to give lectures and exchange students to visit and participate in joint cultivation program. In 2017, total 8 foreign experts projects were approved. The College has held 6 international conferences and bilateral exchanges, including the 6th International CO2 emission control technical seminar, advanced vehicle power international meeting, China-Japan-South Korea hydrogen material international meeting, American Society of Mechanical Engineers boiler container standard seminar, phase-2 international training class on generating electricity through refuse incineration. Moreover, the joint cultivation program of energy & environmental system engineering master students with KTH Royal Institute of Technology has been carried out in a deep-going way.