One is happy as a result of one's own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, selfdenial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.

–George Sand


Chong Zhou received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Power and Energy Engineering, Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, in 1996 and 1998, respectively.  He also received the Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University in 2000.  His work with Dr. Dawson and Dr. Majdalani involved three-dimensional multiphase simulations of biologically inspired flows. It was funded by a Falk grant on "Pulmonary Hypertension."  He also worked on modeling injection-driven flows in porous channels and membranes with expanding or contracting walls.  His work led to 9 publications in high quality journals and conferences.  He graduated with a 3.9/4.0 GPA.

After completing his M.S., he became Lead Engineer at TRAX Corporation, Lynchburg, VA; his work involved designing, building and tuning over 10 full scale power plant simulators and engineering analysis simulators interfacing with various control venders. He managed several groups of engineers and technicians developed modules and software for the simulators using different computer languages. He was awarded the highly-coveted Zero Discrepancy Report on MidAmerican’s Louisa Training Simulator Project.

In June 2005, he joined the Thermo-Hydraulics, New Plant Engineering group at AREVA, a Siemens Company, Lynchburg, VA.  His present research is focused on the new Pressurized Water Nuclear Reactor design certificate application program.