Zongxuan Sun

Co-Deputy Director, NSF Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Minnesota
111 Church Street, S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
TEL (612) 625-2107
FAX (612) 625-6069
E-mail: zsun@umn.edu

Brief Bio

Zongxuan Sun received his Bachelor's degree in Automatic Control with honor from Southeast University (former Nanjing Institute of Technology), China in 1995. He earned a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998 and 2000 respectively. After a brief stint in the disk drive industry, he joined General Motors Research and Development Center as a Senior Researcher and later was promoted to Staff Researcher. In August 2007, he joined the faculty at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota. Dr. Sun is a recipient of the Charles E. Bowers Faculty Teaching Award, George W. Taylor Career Development Award from College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, NSF CAREER Award, SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, Best Paper Award from 2012 International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies and Integration, Inventor Milestone Award, Spark Plug Award, and Charles L. McCuen Special Achievement Award at GM R&D.


Research interests are in dynamic systems and control, tracking control and disturbance rejection, nonlinear and time-varying control, mechatronics, fluid power, and applications to automotive propulsion systems. Recent work includes novel time-varying control methodologies for rotational-angle based systems, developing key enabling technologies for clean, efficient and multi-fuel capable automotive powertrain, such as camless engine, free piston engine, modeling and control of efficient transmission systems, advanced hybrid concepts, rapid compression machine, and connected vehicles.

Automotive Propulsion Control Laboratory