Ran Zhou, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Zhou is currently an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University Northwest (PNW). Courses: General Thermodynamics II, Fluid Mechanics, Intro to Microfluidics.

Why I became an engineer…

Ever since I was little, I have constantly been amazed by the pace at which technologies evolve and how these evolutions impact everyone’s life. This is made possible by engineers, who bridge the gap between fundamental mathematics and physics and real-world innovations. Through solid training in science and engineering, engineers are able to solve practical problems and transform ideas to products to improve the quality of people’s lives. This is why I became an engineer.

What engineers can do to make a difference…

Facing the challenges in today’s global society, engineers can work with others in different fields to develop innovative solutions for real world applications.

Ran Zhou


(219) 989-2338


Office Location:

Hammond Campus, PWRS 211K


  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • M.S. Refrigeration and Cryogenic Engineering, Shandong University
  • B.S. Thermal Energy and Power Engineering, Shandong University
  • B.B.A. Accounting, Shandong University

Areas of Expertise

  • Microfluidics
  • Lab-on-Chip
  • BioMEMS
  • Inclusion/micro-particle Motion

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