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Welcome to the homepage of Dr. Tao Xing (邢涛). I am an Associate Professor of the Mechanical Engineering Department at University of Idaho. I am also a faculty of the Center for Clean Vehicle Technology of National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology (NIATT) and one of the Project Directors of The Center for Modeling Complex Interactions (CMCI). I received my Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 2002. My research interests focus on both fundamental and applied CFD in multi-disciplines. Fundamental CFD research includes estimation of errors and uncertainties using quantitate solution verification and validation (V&V) method for turbulent flow simulations and entropy generation for bypass transitional boundary layers. For V&V, I developed the "factor of safety method" for solution verification that was evaluated as one of the two most accurate uncertainty estimates for monotonically converged numerical solutions. I was invited to give 12 lectures including the keynote lecture on verification and validation in the 13th National Congress on Hydrodynamics & 26th Conference on Hydrodynamics in China. In 2015, I proposed a general framework for V&V for large eddy simulations. Applied CFD research covers a broad range of disciplines where CFD can be used to improve understanding of flow physics and optimize designs: onshore and offshore wind turbine designs (NSF award), vehicle aerodynamics (Department of Transportation), pulmonary ventilation including fluid-structure interaction (NIH), ship hydrodynamics (ONR), and desalination (Vorsana Inc.), etc. My teaching interests focus on integration of simulation and mobile technology into engineering courses and laboratories, development of effective formative and summative evaluation methods, and development of innovative teaching modules toward achieving ABET learning outcomes. I am the author or co-author of 30 peer-reviewed journal papers, 29 peer-reviewed conference papers, and 2 book chapters. My Google Scholar h-index and i10-index are 17 and 25, respectively. As a PI or Co-PI, I secured more than 1.3 million dollars external and internal funding since I joined the University of Idaho in 2011 including U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Transportation, Vorsana Inc., Murdock foundation, and The University of Idaho. I have graduated one Ph.D. student and two M.S. students and am currently advising a postdoctoral fellow and three M.S. students. I serve as one of the executive members of the editorial board of Journal of Hydrodynamics and an editorial board member for Heliyon. I served as a member of the Technical Program Committee of the International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE) Annual Conferences in 2015, 2016, and 2017 including a Session Chair in ISOPE 2015. I won the “Alumni Award for Excellence” from the University of Idaho in 2013 and again in 2014. I won the “Outstanding Young Faculty Award” from College of Engineering in 2015. I am a licensed U.S. Professional Engineer (P.E.).