Songgang Qiu

Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 10:30 - 11:30 AM


Dr. Songgang Qiu earned his Ph.D. in 1996 from the Mechanical Engineering Department at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where he conducted research in fluid mechanics and heat transfer of oscillatory flow in Stirling Engine heat exchangers and boundary layer flows with wake and separation as occurred in low pressure gas turbine airfoils. He completed his Research Associate assignment at the University of Arizona and the University of Minnesota in 1997. Prior to joining Temple University, he served as VP of R&D and Sr. Principal Engineer at energy solution companies. He served as the principle Investigator for numerous externally-funded research projects, such as Thermal Storage Systems for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), Baseload, and Underwater Vehicles, JP-8 Fueled Generator, micro Combined Heating and Power (mCHP), and Tri-Generation (combined Heating, Cooling, and Power), Trailer Mounted Tactical CSP systems, Containerized CSP Systems, Cryogenic Coolers, Stirling Air-Conditioners, etc. His current research interests include solar energy, renewable energy, thermal energy storage, energy efficiency, bio-fuel power generation, cryogenic cooling, linear compressor/motor, heat pump/air-conditioner, and waste heat recovery.


  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1996
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Akron, 1991
  • M.S Fluid Mechanics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1986
  • B.S. Engineering Mechanics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1982

Academic Appointments

  • Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Temple University, August 2012 – present
  • VP of R&D, Infinia Corporation, October 1997 - August 2012
  • Research Associate, University of Minnesota, 1997
  • Lecturer, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, January 1986 - June 1989

Recent Publications 

  • Phase Change Thermal Energy Storage for Dish-engine Solar Power Generation, Songgang Qiu etc., DOE SunShot Initiative Concentrating Solar Power Program Review 2013, Phoenix, Arizona, April 2013
  • Phase Change Salt Thermal Energy Storage with Integral Pool Boiler for Dish Stirling Solar Power, Songgang Qiu etc., DOE SunShot Initiative Concentrating Solar Power Program Review 2013, Phoenix, Arizona, April 2013
  • Phase Change Salt Thermal Energy Storage for Dish Stirling Solar Power Systems, Maury White, Songgang Qiu, and Ross Galbraith, to be presented in 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability & 11th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, Minneapolis, MN, July 2013, Paper No. 18292
  • Testing of Thermal Energy Storage for a Dish-Stirling Concentrated Solar Power System, Ross Galbraith and Songgang Qiu, to be presented in 11th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, San Jose, California, July, 2013, Paper No. 1586092
  • Material Compatibility Study for Thermal Energy Storage Containment Structure with Phase Change Material, Songgang Qiu and Ross Galbraith, to be presented in ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, San Diego, CA, November 2013, Paper No. 66634

Research Interests

  • Solar energy
  • Renewable energy
  • Thermal energy storage
  • Energy efficiency
  • Bio-fuel power generation
  • Cryogenic cooling
  • Linear compressor/motor
  • Heat pump/Air-conditioner
  • Waste heat recovery

Funding Sources

  • DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
  • DOD ARMY Natick Soldier Center
  • Infinia Corporation