Dr Jinning Zhang


School/Department: Engineering, School of



Dr Jinning Zhang is currently a Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering and deputy programme director of MSc Aerospace at University of Leicester. She obtained her MSc (2019) and PhD degree (2022) in aerospace propulsion from Cranfield University. Her research interests include energy management strategies and integrated control system design for aerospace propulsion, AI for transport and energy systems, and integrated power systems in aerospace and transportation-energy nexus.  


Research areas of interest include, but are not limited for:

  • Sustainable aviation electrification systems & technologies
  • Energy management strategies and integrated control systems in aviation/transport electrification
  • Smart grid planning and operation with transport integration, such as in airports, vehicle charging, etc.


[1] Zhang, J., Roumeliotis, I., Zhang, X., & Zolotas, A. (2023). Techno-economic-environmental evaluation of aircraft propulsion electrification: Surrogate-based multi-mission optimal design approach. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews175, 113168.

[2] Zhang, J., Roumeliotis, I., & Zolotas, A. (2022). Model-based fully coupled propulsion-aerodynamics optimization for hybrid electric aircraft energy management strategy. Energy245, 123239.

[3] Zhang, J., Roumeliotis, I., & Zolotas, A. (2021). Nonlinear model predictive control-based optimal energy management for hybrid electric aircraft considering aerodynamics-propulsion coupling effects. IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification8(2), 2640-2653.

[4] Zhang, J., Roumeliotis, I., & Zolotas, A. (2022). Sustainable aviation electrification: a comprehensive review of electric propulsion system architectures, energy management, and control. Sustainability14(10), 5880.

[5] Guo, Z., Zhang, J., Zhang, R., & Zhang, X. (2021). Aviation-to-Grid Flexibility through Electric Aircraft Charging. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics18(11), 8149-8159.

[6] Luan, Z., Zhang, J., Zhao, W., & Wang, C. (2020). Trajectory tracking control of autonomous vehicle with random network delay. IEEE transactions on vehicular technology69(8), 8140-8150.

[7] Kang, S., Roumeliotis, I., Zhang, J., Broca, O., & Pachidis, V. (2022). Assessment of engine operability and overall performance for parallel hybrid electric propulsion systems for a single-aisle aircraft. Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power144(4).

[8] Wu, H., Zhang, Y., Huang, L., Zhang, J., Luan, Z., Zhao, W., & Chen, F. (2022). Research on vehicle obstacle avoidance path planning based on APF-PSO. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 09544070221088364.

[9] Lai, CS., Chen, D., Zhang, J., Zhang, X., Xu, X., Taylor, G. and et al. (2022) 'Profit maximization for large-scale energy storage systems to enable fast EV charging infrastructure in distribution networks'. Energy, 259. pp. 1 - 21. ISSN: 0360-5442.

[10] Carpentier, T., Zhang, J., van Heerden, A. S., & Roumeliotis, I. (2022, June). Performance and economic assessment of mechanically integrated parallel hybrid aircraft. In Turbo Expo: Power for Land, Sea, and Air (Vol. 86014, p. V004T06A018). American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


I am currently recruiting a fully funded PhD student through University of Leicester Future 50 PhD Scholarships scheme:

  • ENG Zhang Hydrogen-based novel propulsion technologies and design framework for future sustainable aviation



EG1004 Engineering Experimentation (Ball and beam control)

EG2004 Engineering Experimentation and Analysis (Vibration modelling)

EG4323/7040 Robust and Nonlinear Control

UG Final year projects

MSc projects

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