Jiajun (Francis) Liao


My name is Jiajun (Francis) Liao. I’m from China. I go to Texas A&M University where I am a PhD Mechanical Engineering candidate.

What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?

Although building energy technologies have been largely developed, energy waste and inefficient equipment/system are everywhere, especially for existing buildings. Great efforts are still needed.

What exciting projects/research are you working on now?

For projects, I am working on the building continuous commissioning on hospital facilities in North Carolina; for research, I am trying to develop and validate an economically optimum plant configuration for a district heating and cooling system using low-grade geothermal fluids.

What are your plans for the next five years?

I will find a job in the industry in the US related to energy consulting after graduation and prepare myself with knowledge, skills, experiences, and everything necessary to meet my aspiration to be an expert in HVAC area.

What made you want to apply to SISE?

Besides great learning sources and networking opportunities, I am particularly pleased with the prospect of being able to study and conduct interdisciplinary projects with people from different energy-related backgrounds. Also, I feel confident that my experiences both in projects and research would enable to contribute effectively to the diversity and achievements.

What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?

I actually just spent a week in Chicago in this January, so I am mostly looking forward to the SISE program itself, like learning new topics, meeting new people, and doing group projects, etc.

Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?

Friends always turn to me for help when they travel and need someone to take care of their cats. Well, I am not gonna tell you that it’s me asking to take care of cats every time.