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Xiao Huang

    Phone:613-520-2600, ext. 5707
    Building:Mackenzie, Room 4514D
    Department:Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Degrees:Ph.D., P. Eng., Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers


    Professional Affiliations

    • Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) since 2001
    • ASME member since 2007 and fellow since 2019


    • CFI New Opportunities Fund
    • Carleton University Research Award
    • Carleton University Faculty of Engineering Research Award
    • Best Paper Award, The American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Turbo Expo Conference
    • Charles H. Jennings Memorial Award, American Welding Society (AWS)
    • Best Paper Award, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)
    • Capital Educator Award Finalist
    • Service Excellence Award, The American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME)




    Position Department Institution Date
    Professor Mech. & Aero. Engineering Carleton University 2009 – Present
    Visiting Researcher Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse Université de Toulouse 2016 – 2017
    Associate Professor Mech. & Aero. Engineering Carleton University 2005 – 2009
    Assistant Professor Mech. & Aero. Engineering Carleton University 2002 – 2005
    Consultant Various Industrial Partners and Government Agencies 2002-Present
    Senior Manufacturing Engineer & Project Manager    New Product Development Division JDS Uniphase Corp.

    Ottawa, ON

    2001 – 2002
    Senior Materials & Manufacturing Engineer Materials and Processes Laboratory Bristol Aerospace Ltd.

    Winnipeg, MB

    1991 – 1998




    Degree University Research Subject
    Ph.D. University of Manitoba Electron Beam Welding of Superalloys
    M.Sc. Shanghai Jiao Tong University Fracture of Dual Steels
    B.Sc. Shanghai Jiao Tong University Al/Polymer Composites



     Dr. Huang teaches the following courses at Carleton in addition to offering short courses through various external venues:

    Credit courses

    • MAAE 2700 – Engineering Materials Science
    • AERO 3700 – Aerospace Materials and Manufacturing
    • MECH 3700 – Principles of Manufacturing Engineering
    • AERO 4609 – Joining of Aerospace Materials
    • MAAE 4102 – Fracture and Strength
    • MECH 5700 – Surfaces and Coatings

    Short courses

    • Gas Turbine Coatings
    • Brazing of Superalloys
    • Repair and Rejuvenation of Gas Turbine Parts
    • Gas turbine manufacturing processes (ASME)


    Research Contributions

    Prior to joining Carleton University, Dr. Huang accumulated over 10 years of industrial experience in aerospace material and manufacturing development, electronics manufacturing, as well as production and resource planning.  In the past 19 years at Carleton, Dr. Huang has leveraged her knowledge and experience in aerospace materials and associated manufacturing processes to establish a world class research in advanced Gas Turbine materials and manufacturing process development.  As of 2020, she has attracted over $3M research funding (from CFI , NSERC, CARIC, OCE, CNL, NRC, NRCan, PWC, Kennametal, LTS, Orenda Aerospace, Royal Canadian Mint and many SMEs), trained over 30 Masters, 8 PhDs, 4 PDFs and over 20 summer researchers. Along with her research group, Dr. Huang has published over 200 peer reviewed full-length journals and conference papers, as well as a book on Superalloys. In addition, she holds two USPTO patents and has been an invited speaker at 16 different events. Her current research spans from metal additive manufacturing, welding and rejuvenation of gas turbine components, to polymer and ceramic based composite material design and new superalloy/coating development.  Outside of Carleton, Dr. Huang consults for various industrial partners and federal agencies (National Research Council of Canada, Natural Resources of Canada, Environmental Canada and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories) by providing expert opinions and detailed reviews on immerging technologies.


    See ORCID for a list of publications:


    Current Research Projects with Graduate Students:

    • Additive manufacturing of superalloys using TIG and micro-plasma systems (in collaboration with several industrial partners and government laboratories)
    • Development of high enthalpy high temperature alloys with PVD and laser additive manufacturing process (a BeAm system with dual powder feeders)
    • Ceramic matrix and metal matrix composition and thermal barrier coatings (in collaboration with NRC Aerospace)
    • Welding and repair of gas turbine alloys

     Services to Carleton and Engineering Profession

    • College of Reviewers, Ontario Centres of Excellence (2014-present)
    • Expert Reviewer, NSERC Research Tool and Instruments Selection Committee (2015, 2017 and 2018)
    • Member of the Site Visit Committee, NSERC Strategic Grant (2017)
    • NSERC CRD Selection Committee (2020)
    • Chair and Vice-Chair, Manufacturing, Materials and Metallurgy Committee, ASME Turbo Expo (2009 – 2012)
    • Session Organizer: ASME Turbo Expo (2011-2018), ISSCWR (2013, 2015, 2018), 13th IFC (2013)
    • Chair, Department of Mechanical Aerospace Engineering Promotion Committee (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
    • Chair, Department of Mechanical Aerospace Engineering Tenure Committee (2018, 2019, 2020)
    • Project manager – Integrated Autonomous Vehicles (2020 – 2022)
    • Chair, hiring committee (2020)
    • Capstone project coordinator (2021-2022)