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Qilun Zhu

qilun zhu profileResearch Associate Professor
(864) 283-7239
4 Research Drive
Greenville, SC 29607

Dr. Qilun Zhu's (pronounced Chillun Ju) research is centered on the optimal control and estimation of automotive powertrain components and systems. Gaining insights from industry challenges and through experimental demonstrations of innovative solutions, Dr. Zhu has cultivated a robust research portfolio in the control of advanced engines and thermal energy conversion devices. His developments in this area, including high-speed real-time optimization algorithms, chemical kinetics modeling, and the management of thermal and distributed parameter systems, have laid the groundwork for his current forays into powertrain electrification and mobility integration. Dr. Zhu’s research group also utilizes control as a mathematical tool to integrate cross-domain technologies, a critical component in advancing propulsion technologies for future mobility.

Dr. Zhu received his B.S. degree from Jilin University in 2010, an M.Eng. degree from Cornell University in 2011, and a Ph.D. degree from Clemson University in 2015. He is a member of the Automotive and Transportation Systems Technical Committee and Automotive Controls Technical Committee. He serves as an associate editor for the IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications and Proceedings of the IMechE, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering. Dr. Zhu won the 2019 SAE Young Professional Technical Paper Competition and the Best Paper award at the 2014 American Control Conference.