School of Power and Energy commits itself to high level scientific research and talents cultivation in aircraft engine and alternative energy, with distinctive features in aeronautics, astronautics, and marine technology.
It was founded in October 1952 as the Department of Aircraft Engine of Huadong Aeronautics College which originated from Department of Aeronautical Engineering of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Nanjing University (National Central University) and Zhejiang University respectively. The College changed its name to Xi'an Aeronautics College four years later when moved to Xi'an. In October 1957 Huadong Aeronautics College merged with Northwest Polytechnic Institute and later in 1970 acquired the Department of Aeronautics of Harbin Engineering College, thus finally became Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) and the then Department of Aircraft Engine upgraded to the present School of Power and Energy.
The School has 108 faculty/staff members including 85 faculty members, in which 29 are full professors (1 academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 26 PhD supervisors) and 33 associate professors. We have 12 experts for state project 863\973, key state science and technology projects and General Armament Department (GAD),1 elected in Shaanxi provincial 100-Talent Program and 4 for Ministry of Education New Century Excellent talents Program.
Four departments and one research institute affiliate in the School, namely, the Department of Aeronautics Propulsion, the Department of Aeronautical Fluid Machinery, the Department of Engineering Thermophysics, the Department of Power Control and Test and Institute of Monitoring and Control for Rotating Machinery and Wind Turbines NPU&TU Berlin. The School offers 3 post-doctoral programs, 2 doctoral programs, 9 postgraduate programs and 3 undergraduate programs. Propulsion Theory and Engineering of Aeronautics and Astronautics marks as the national key discipline and is one of the earliest programs to offer doctoral and master degrees in China. Flight Vehicle Power Engineering as well as Automation rank as the national featured disciplines respectively. Thermal Energy and Power Engineering is regarded as the key major by State Commission of Science and Technology for National Defense Industry.
The School boasts of several key labs including State Key Science Laboratory of Cascade of Aerofoil Aerodynamics, National Defense Key Laboratory of New Concept Jet Propulsion Technology, Aerospace Power and Technology Center, Shaanxi Provincial Center of Fault Diagnosis and Monitoring for Rotating Machinery, State Professional Laboratory of Thermal Engineering Information Processing, Innovation and Experiment Center for Postgraduates, Energy Conservation and Emissions Reduction Center for Undergraduates as well as other 9 professional labs.
The School has established scientific and research cooperation with four eminent aircraft engine producers in the world, including United Technologies Cooperation (UTC), GE, Rolls-Royce, Central Institute of Aviation Motors (CIAM, Russia) and various joint research institutes were set up soon afterwards, namely, Institute of Monitoring and Control for Rotating Machinery and Wind Turbines NPU&TU Berlin, in Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics Lab between Rolls Royce and NPU , Airworthiness Research Center with CIAM, etc. Annual exchanges of students and visiting scholars are conducted every year for talents cultivation and academic communication.
At present, the School has 1202 students including 837 undergraduates, 270 master degree candidates and 95 PhD candidates. It is one of the earliest schools of university in China to award doctoral and master degrees and the first ever aero engine doctor in China graduated from here. Up till now, the School has cultivated 186 doctorates and over 2000 master degrees, some of whom have become academic leaders, famous experts, government and Party leaders at all levels and others have been elites in scientific institutions, enterprises, public institutions and armed forces. Graduates played a vital role in economic development and national defense and can be found in just about every profession: aerospace, civil aviation, armed forces, machinery companies, electronics corporations and some big names such as PetroChina and Sinopec in major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi’an, Shenzhen and Shenyang, etc.
The School has taken various research programs including state project 973/863, NSFC projects, national defense research, Large Aircraft, Hypersonic Vehicle and other state key science and technology projects, some of them have obtained phased results. The School led or participated in design and production of major models for General Armament Department, AVIC, AVIC Commercial Aircraft Engine Co,Ltd. With annual research funds over 55 million RMB, the School published more than 1000 articles in archived journals domestically and abroad, in which 600 were indexed by SCI/EI. The School has obtained 10 national and provincial science and technology awards, including 1 Second Prize for National Science and Technology Progress Award, 1 first prize for National Defense Technology Awards; 54 patents in application and the authorized invention patents reach to 30; over 20 high level academic monograph have been published. School of Power and Energy has made positive contributions to the aerospace industry and the modernization drive of our national defense.