Texas Tech University

Song-Charng Kong, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Don Kay Clay Cash Endowed Chair

Email: sokong@ttu.edu

Phone: 806.834.5635

Fax: 806.742.3540

Office:  ME South 201 B

Research Website:Kong Research Group

Song Kong


Dr. Song-Charng Kong is a professor and chair of mechanical engineering at Texas Tech University where he is the Don Kay Clay Cash Endowed Chair. His research is focused on fuel spray dynamics, spray combustion, and biomass thermochemical conversion. His work includes both experimental diagnostics and numerical modeling. The goal is to develop accurate computational models to predict complex reacting flow behaviors. He teaches courses related to thermal sciences. His awards and recognitions include ASME Fellow, the Myers-Uyehara Meritorious Paper Award, the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award by SAE, and the Binger Professorship. He was an Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power; he is currently an editorial board member for the International Journal of Engine Research. Dr. Kong served as Program Director of the Combustion and Fire Systems Program and was also responsible for the Major Research Instrumentation Program at the National Science Foundation.

Research Interests

  • Spray combustion
  • Spray dynamics and wall interactions
  • Engine performance optimization algorithms
  • Biomass particle fast pyrolysis
  • Unmanned aerial system propulsion for military application

Personal Information


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1994
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1992
  • B.S., Power Mechanical Engineering, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan, 1987

Department of Mechanical Engineering