Dr. Tao joins NSU from the department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering (MEE) at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, where he served as chair, endowed PACCAR professor of engineering, distinguished research professor, and director of UNT’s PACCAR Technology Institute. Prior to working at UNT, Dr. Tao was associate dean for academic affairs and undergraduate studies and associate dean for business and entrepreneurship development at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. He also served as professor of mechanical and materials engineering at FIU and director of the Building, Energy, Environment and Conservation Systems Lab, as well as the Multi-Phase Thermal Engineering Lab at FIU. He has more than 27 years of multi-disciplinary experience in areas such as engineering, architecture, computer science, social sciences, thermal science, and renewable energy applications in buildings. Dr. Tao received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from University of Michigan, and both his M.S. and B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Tongji University in Shanghai, China.