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About Heng Pan

Dr. Heng Pan, an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, joined S&T in 2013. He earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California-Berkeley in 2009. He earned a master of science degree in manufacturing engineering from Missouri S&T in 2004 and earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Zhejiang University in China in 2002.

In 2015, Dr. Pan received a grant through the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Program to support his research.

In 2019 Dr. Pan received the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his project, “Laser Direct Writing of Three-Dimensional Functional Nanostructures.” The five-year, $500,000 award will support his research to develop a new approach to direct fabricating of functional nanostructures from multiple materials. The research could lead to advances in solar cell and battery technology, nanophotonics (the study of how light behaves on the nanometer scale), and the development of metamaterials, which are materials engineered to exhibit properties not found in naturally occurring materials. Dr. Pan’s research could also lead to advances in a variety of nano-devices, including nanostructured solar cells, batteries and nanostructures that could be used to split water to free up hydrogen for use as a fuel source.

Technical Area:
Design and Manufacturing


August 2013 - Present Assistant Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
August 2010 - August 2013 Senior R&D Process Engineer, Applied Materials
January 2010 - August 2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence National Berkeley Laboratory ‐ Heat Island Group

Curriculum Vitae


2019 - 2023 Laser Direct Writing of Three-Dimensional Functional Nanostructures
National Science Foundation
Role: PI
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Honors and Awards

  • ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 2015
  • Best Paper Award at the ASME 4th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, 2011
  • Innovation Award, Applied Materials, 2011
  • Grant-In-Aid Fellowship, UC-Berkeley, 2009
  • Best Performance in Doctoral Preliminary Examination, UC-Berkeley, 2006
  • The Outstanding Graduate Student, University of Missouri - Rolla, 2004
  • Missouri S&T Faculty Research Award, 2017


2009 Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California - Berkeley
2004 M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
2002 B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University

Contact Information

Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
290A Toomey Hall
400 West 13th Street
Rolla, MO 65409-0050

573-341-4896 (voice)
573-341-4607 (fax)


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