ShanghaiTech Offers First Distance Learning Course
Author:Office of Physical Science and Engineering             Date:2016-02-29            Browse:721

On February 23rd, ShanghaiTech offered its first distance learning course “Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics” to graduate students of School of Physical Science and Technology. The course was taught by Professor Ren Haicang from Rockefeller University with Assistant Research Fellow Li Wei from Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology (SIMIT) as teaching assistant. ShanghaiTech President Jiang Mianheng, Associate Dean of School of Physical Science and Technology Liu Zhi and Director of Library and Information Services Zhang Xiaolin all attended the class.


President Jiang first introduced the instructor’s educational background and spoke highly of his teaching skills. He stressed that “Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics” would play a critical role in future study and research and students were required to build a solid academic foundation. In addition, Jiang indicated that ShanghaiTech would introduce more high quality distance learning courses to create a leading education experience for students.


Professor Ren made a detailed introduction about the current international research hotspot "gravitational waves” at the request of President Jiang. And then, after introducing the logistics of the class such as the teaching outline and score composition, he meticulously interpreted the concept of thermodynamic system, thermodynamic transformation, and the first law of thermodynamics. During his lecture, the students asked questions actively and got patient feedback from Professor Ren. Professor Ren wished all the students to do their best in this course and lay a solid foundation for their scientific career in the future.


Professor Ren graduated from Columbia University with doctorate degree in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics and studied after Professor Li Zhengdao. He served as assistant research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study and Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences from 1984 to 1987. He worked as assistant research fellow, assistant professor and associate professor from 1987 to 1999 in Rockefeller University. He was quantitative analyst in Williams Energy and senior quantitative analyst in Rumson Capital and Zais Group from 2000 to 2013. Professor Ren focuses on AdS/CFT duality, quantum chromodynamics under high temperature and high density, general theory of relativity in brane, strongly correlated electronic system and mathematical physics in system biology.