Principal Investigator


Wei Ren, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Automation Engineering

Co-Editor, Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics

Email: renwei(at)


Biography: Dr. Wei Ren received his B.S. and M.S. degrees both from Tsinghua University. He received Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University under the advisory of Prof. Ronald K. Hanson in 2013. After the postdoc work with Prof. Frank K. Tittel at Rice University, he joined the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering at CUHK in 2014. His current research focuses on the development of new technologies and the understanding of basic principles in the areas of combustion and propulsion, alternative fuels, laser diagnostics and trace gas sensing.


Curriculum Vitae

  • 2020 - present   Associate Professor, Mechanical and Automation Engineering, CUHK

  • 2014 - 2020   Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Automation Engineering, CUHK

  • 2013 - 2014   Postdoc Researcher, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University

  • 2008 - 2013   Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

  • 2006 - 2008   M.S., Precision Instrument Department, Tsinghua University

  • 2002 - 2006   B.S., Precision Instrument Department, Tsinghua University

Professional Activities

  • Co-Editor, Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics

  • Senior Member, Optical Society of America (OSA)

  • Member, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)

  • Member, The Combustion Institute (CI)

Honors & Awards

  • NSFC Excellent Young Scientists Fund, China (2021)

  • Dean's Exemplary Teaching Award, CUHK (2016)

  • Robert A. Welch Foundation Postdoc Fellowship, Rice University (2013)

  • Chinese Government Scholarship for Outstanding Self-financed Students Studying Abroad (2012)

  • Combustion Institute for Energy Division Graduate Travel Award (2012)

  • Stanford Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University (2011)

  • The Larry C.K. Yung Fellowship, Stanford University (2008)

  • The First-Prize Graduate Scholarship, Tsinghua University (2007)

  • Graduation with Honor, Tsinghua University (2006)