Cheng Lu is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong (UOW). He received his PhD in Material Processing Technology at the Northeastern University (NEU), China, in 1999. He worked at the NEU as a Lecturer from 1999 to 2000 and then joined the UOW in 2000.
A/Prof. Lu’s research focused on rolling technology prior to 2009, when he worked on a number of research projects with steel companies, such as BlueScope, POSCO (Korea) and Baosteel (China). Since 2009, A/Prof. Lu has been actively involved in the research projects of the Energy Pipeline Cooperative Research Centre (EPCRC) and was appointed to the Program Leader of Program 3 of EPCRC in 2010.
A/Prof. Lu has made significant advancements in pipeline research. Since 2009 he has conducted/led 15 EPCRC projects and 3 DRET (Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism) projects, 14 of which have been successfully completed. A/Prof. Lu developed the first version of the pipeline fracture control software EPDECOM. His paper won a runner-up prize out of 361 papers in the 2012 International Pipeline Conference, the largest conference in pipeline research in the world. A/Prof. Lu’s team has received an Award for Excellence in Innovation in 2014 from the Cooperative Research Centre Association, which consists of 44 Cooperative Research Centre members. This is in recognition of the outstanding work in fracture control of gas pipelines carried out by A/Prof Lu’s team.
Apart from pipeline research, A/Prof. Lu is also conducting fundamental research on fabrication of ultra-fine grained materials, texture modelling and molecular dynamics simulation. The quality of A/Prof. Lu’s fundamental research is demonstrated in his securing research grants for 3 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery projects, 1 ARC Linkage project and 2 ARC LIEF projects. He has published a total of more than 130 papers and has 2 patents to his credit. He is leading a research group which currently consists of one Lecturer, one Senior Research Fellow, three Research Fellows and 15 PhD students.