Ming-Chia Lai

Ming-Chia Lai

Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Ming-Chia Lai


Dr. Lai's primary skills and interests are in the fields of Thermal Fluid Engineering, Engine Combustion and Emissions, Energy Conversion, Alternative Energy Technology, Optical diagnostics and Computational Fluid Dynamics Applications.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME): Fellow
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE): Fellow
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • The Combustion Institute
  • Institute of Liquid Atomization and Spray System (ILASS)-America Section

Awards and Honors

  • Charles DeVlieg Distinguished Endowed Professorship, 1996-1999
  • Wayne State University Career Development Chair Award, 1994
  • Japanese Ministry of Education Visiting Professorship, 1994
  • ASME Young Engineer of the Year, honorable mention, SE Michigan, 1989
  • The Best Paper Award, 23rd Nat'l Heat Transfer Conference (ASME and AIChE), 1987
  • DOD University Research Instrumentation Award, 1988
  • NASA/Case Summer Faculty Fellowship, 1988, 1989, 2003, 2004
  • American Natural Resources Research Award, 1989
  • Wayne State University Faculty Research Award, 1988
  • Institute of Manufacturing GRA Competition Award, 1990-97
  • WSU GRA Competition Award (WSU) 1989,1994, 1998, 2000, 2004
  • Fellow, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • SAE Forest R. McFarland Award, 2010


Ph.D.  Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
M.S.    Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
B.S.    Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University

Courses taught by Ming-Chia Lai

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

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