The discipline of Refrigeration and Cryogenics in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, founded in 1956, is one of the pioneers in the refrigeration field in China. It started to enroll graduate students in 1962, and was authorized to grant Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree in 1981 and 1986, respectively. In 2002, it was chosen as one of the National Key Disciplines. In the same year, the program for Master’s Degree of HVAC was started. Further, it started the program of Building Environment and Equipment Engineering for undergraduates in 2005.
The Institute of Refrigeration and Cryogenics (IRC) currently has 15 professors, 1 senior engineer, 7 associate professors, and 3 lecturers. The proportion of faculties with doctorate is 84%. The director of IRC was awarded as a “National Outstanding Teacher in University”, “Cheung Kong Scholar” and “National Outstanding Young Science Foundation winner”. Five faculties are “New Century Excellent Talents in University” by the Ministry of Education. The numbers of winners of the “Shanghai Shuguang Program”, “Shanghai Pujiang Program” and the “Shanghai Rising-Star Program” are 3, 3 and 6, respectively.
Institute of Refrigeration and Cryogenics made great achievements in the aspects of subject construction, talent training, educational reform, scientific research, etc. in the last decade. Based on the idea of “innovative, international, and inquiry”, IRC trains innovative students in the refrigeration area. Many high quality courses are available, such as the National Excellent Course “Principles of Refrigeration and Cryogenics,” and the Shanghai Municipal Courses “Refrigeration Equipment and Automation”. IRC won the first prize of Teaching Achievements Award of Shanghai in 2008, and the second prize of the National Teaching Achievement Award in 2009. Then in 2010 it was assessed as the Excellent Teaching Team of Shanghai. Two graduates’ dissertation were honored as the “National Top 100 Doctoral Thesis”, while four are nominated. In terms of scientific research, IRC faculties received financial support from the “High-Tech Research and Development (863) Programme”, the “Key Technologies R&D Programme”, the “973 programme”, the “National Natural Science Fund”, etc. The funding was over 58 million CNY in the last two years. A number of high-level scientific research achievements were obtained and applied to the national economy and industry. Greater than 180 research articles were published on various international journals.
IRC established close relationships on international cooperative research and education with world wide universities and organizations, such as Purdue University, University of Savoie France, Hong Kong University. It also has built up broad, tight and long-term partnerships with international and domestic famous companies like Carrier, Lennox, UTRC, Daikin, Panasonic, Hitachi, Haier Group, Chunlan Group, Shuangliang Group. It owns Shanghai Jiaotong University – Daikin Joint Laboratory, Shanghai Jiao Tong University – Haier Simulation Research Center, Lennox Training Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University – Jiangsu Shuangliang Joint Research Centre, Sino-Italian Green Energy laboratory, etc.