John Liu

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
Previous Institution: Chongqing Jiaotong University
Hometown: China
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Why was the KU School of Engineering the right choice for you?

KU was the right choice for me because School of Engineering provides various research opportunities for graduate students. I always wanted to work on vehicle research because it is part of my passion. KU Mechanical Engineering department offers research programs which are related to the sustainability and renewable energy for future transportation. These programs are prefect for students who like to work on electric cars!

What are you currently researching?

My research involves the development and optimization of a hybrid electric vehicle system that will have less fuel consumption, lower cost and longer battery lifetime. I am working in Dr. Lin Liu’s Energy Lab. Currently, I am working on improving lithium ion battery safety and charging time through optimizing the battery design.

What is your favorite thing on campus or in Lawrence that a prospective student should check out?

My favorite thing is watching KU basketball games in Allen Fieldhouse. Also, there are many things to do around Mass Street. Different restaurants and music shows will keep you busy all weekend.

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?

My advice for prospective graduate students is to talk with all the professors as early as possible. This would help you find out your research interests and you will involve with research projects at the early stage of your study.   

Which committee are you on and what would you like to do in the next year to help current graduate students?

I am currently under Governance committee and work as the Vice President. For the next year I would like to hear more from the graduate engineering students who are from different cultures and backgrounds. I will try my best to voice the concerns and opinions of them.


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