As of December 31, 2022, the institute had 522 employees on a full-time basis. 488 were professional faculty members, including two CAS Members, 70 professors, and 149 assistant professors.
In 2022, the institute continues to vigorously strengthen the construction of the talent team, strengthen the coordinated promotion of talent planning and technology planning, give full play to the role of various talent projects, encourage scientific and technological talents at different levels, and enhance the enthusiasm of talents for innovation. The second batch of special researcher positions of the institute had completed. In 2022, 42 people were newly recruited, and 25 people were supported in the second batch of climbing talents plan of the institute. The human resource promotion measures include setting up important positions, recruiting young talents, creating more opportunities for outstanding young talents to take the lead, increasing the training of young talents, and promoting the rapid growth of young talents.
In 2022, a total of 83 people were promoted, of whom 24 were promoted to professor or to associate professor. The Institute accurately identify the urgent need for key talents, carry out talent recruitment at different levels and multidimensional and high-quality. In 2022, 40 people were recruited, of whom 65% have doctoral degrees, 7 senior talents and 17 fresh graduates.
Multiple strategies were adopted to attract and stabilize young talents. The "Young Talents Training Program", "Outstanding Young Doctoral Talent Support Program", "Climbing Talent Plan" and other talent training programs were continued to implement. Training and support to outstanding young talents were strengthened. The Youth Promotion Association supports young talents to actively carry out academic exchanges and cooperation, broaden scientific and technological horizons, making outstanding young talents stand out, and gradually grow into academic leaders or scientific research backbones. The multi-channel and multi-level training courses for all kinds of talents were provided as needed, enriching the training content and academic exchange platforms. In 2022, 13 training courses at the institute level and 21 courses at the department level were implemented, covering management skills, mental health, Party group activities, quality confidentiality, documents and archives, safety education, academic skills, fund applications, research achievement transformation and other aspects, providing a solid foundation for the self-improvement of the staff. A variety of highly-targeted trainings for new employees have been carried out, so that the new employees have a sense of identity and belonging, integrate into the institute faster, and enter the work role more quickly. In 2022, activities such as expert reports, youth academic forums, and postdoctoral forums were organized to promote academic exchanges inside and outside the institute, creating an active academic atmosphere, and stimulating the innovation vitality of young talents.
In July 2022, the Council meeting of the "WU Chung-Hua Award Fund" and the 15th "WU Chung-Hua Award Fund" evaluation meeting were held in the Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, CAS. At the Council meeting, the awards of the WU Chung-Hua Award Fund were evaluated, and a total of five people were selected for the "WU Chung-Hua Outstanding Young Scholars Award", namely Professor GE Tianshu from Shanghai JiaoTong University, Professor LIU Xianglei from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Professor ZHANG Jiaying from Xi'an Jiaotong University, Professor JIN Hui from Xi'an Jiaotong University, and Researcher ZHAO Shengfeng from the Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, CAS. There were 12 winners of the "WU Chung-Hua Outstanding Graduate Student Award", namely XU Jiaxing, YANG Jingze, WANG Yizhou, LIU Mengqi, WANG Ziqi, WANG Yiqing, ZHANG Yan, JIANG Xiaoxue, WANG Hao, LIU Qilin, REN Sanqun, WANG Mingyang, from Xi'an Jiaotong University, Tsinghua University, Air Force Engineering University, Peking University, Harbin Institute of Technology, East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), and Institute of Engineering Thermophysics of the CAS, respectively.
As of December 2022, the Institute has a total of 404 graduate students, including 161 doctoral students and 243 master students. In addition, a total of 156 graduate students have been jointly trained by the Institute and various universities, and graduate students have become an important scientific research force of the Institute. With the efforts of the Institute, the number of postgraduate applicants increased by 10 (an increase of 7%). The Institute continues to promote the internationalization of education and training, and there are a total of 9 international students studying for doctoral and master's degrees.
The Institute led the National University of Science and Technology and the relevant units to organize the addition of a doctoral authorization point of "Aerospace Science and Technology" which was approved by the Ministry of Education. The Institute became the first doctoral training unit of this doctoral authorization point and starts the enrollment in 2023. The Institute led the National University of Science and Technology to participate in the fifth national discipline ranking evaluation on two first-level disciplines. The firstlevel discipline of "Power Engineering and Engineering Thermophysics" was awarded "B+", and the first-level discipline evaluation of "Aerospace Science and Technology" was upgraded to "B-". Compared with the previous round of evaluation results, we have made historic progress.
The institute-level curriculum system was preliminarily established. A total of 29 institute-level courses are offered in the three semesters of spring, summer, and autumn throughout the year, with 78 teachers and 244 graduate students participating. The courses enable postgraduates to master professional knowledge efficiently and open up the channel for scientific research and practical learning. By revising the management rules and regulations of institute-level courses, the institute strictly evaluated trial lectures and teaching quality, and improved teachers' remuneration while ensuring the quality of institute-level courses.
The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences led by the Institute has entered a stage of steady development. Progress was made in the construction of the teaching staff, and two full-time teachers were introduced. The management function of the school continues to expand, increasing enrollment and training clerk positions. In 2022, the number of postgraduates attending collective teaching has been increased by 10% compared with the previous year, reaching 122. The reform of aerospace teaching was promoted, and various course settings were standardized according to the "Guidelines for the Core Courses for Graduate Students of the Ministry of Education". The construction of aero-engine teaching laboratories completed the procurement certificate. At present, the teaching experiment modification infrastructure has entered the implementation stage.
The Institute started a new integration mode of science and education. The joint establishment of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics with the Weiqiao National Science and Technology Advanced Technology Research Institute achieved initial results, with nearly 50 joint training students in place. Cooperating with universities such as the University of Science and Technology of China and the Dalian University of Technology, science doctoral training and scientific innovation programs were carried out; cooperating with Jiangsu University and North China Electric Power University, the training of joint trainees and cooperation between schools were promoted; the Institute started WU Chung-Hua's undergraduate jointed training project jointly with Dongguan Institute of Technology, exchanging part-time tutors to train graduate students.
The guarantee system construction for the quality of postgraduate was promoted, and the employment of graduates has been paying more attention to. In the spot checks of the dissertations from the country, Beijing and UCAS, there were no issues with the dissertations of graduates of the institute. In 2022, there were a total of 60 graduates of the institute, including 34 with a doctorate and 26 with a master's degree. The employment rate of graduates reached 100%.
In 2022, we continued to strengthen the construction of the ideological and political system for graduate students. This year was the most difficult year to fight against the epidemic. Under the strong leadership of the Party committee and the leaders of the institute, the Institute always grasped the main line of ideological education for postgraduates at all stages of the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, focusing on the physical and mental health of postgraduates. Under such situation, the graduate students of the whole institute had a unified mind, stable psychological and emotional state, and insisted on advancing their studies in the fight against the epidemic. Volunteers and all graduate students had demonstrated the spirit of unity, friendship, and hard work of young people in the new era.
The Institute continues to pay attention to the mental health of postgraduates, building electronic and dynamic management information files for postgraduates' mental health, and initially establishing a postgraduate psychological crisis intervention system. During the period of epidemic prevention and control, the "Caring for Postgraduate Mental Health Activity Month" was held; a general survey of psychological problems was carried out; interventions were implemented for key groups; mental health lectures, and group psychological counseling activities were held, and a strong team of postgraduate psychological counselors was formed. The postgraduate union and the postgraduate Party branch held nearly 60 activities in various forms, including singing competition, selection of young pioneers, chorus-building activities, promoting the spirit of volunteers in the Winter Olympics, anti-epidemic activities, and various cultural and sports activities. The results are remarkable.
In 2022, the Institute set up institute-level scholarships to comprehensively improve the level of scholarships for all graduate students. Teachers and students achieved outstanding results in various award selections. SU Bosheng obtained the excellent doctoral thesis of the academy, and his tutor, Academician JIN Hongguang, obtained the excellent tutor award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The course "Introduction to Aerospace" taught by researcher MA Xiaoping was awarded the excellent course of the National University of Science and Technology. WANG Mingyang and XIAO Yuan won the Dean's Excellent Award. LIU Yang won ZHULI Yuehua Excellent Doctoral Award. WANG Mingyang and REN Sanqun won WU Chung-Hua Excellent Graduate Award. HUANG Song won the Zhongke Environmental Protection Award. ZHAO Ganpeng and other 6 students won the national scholarship. ZHENG Zhihao and other 14 graduate students won the ''four-dimensional power'' scholarship. The post-doctoral mobile station work steadily advanced and the postdoctoral quality was continuously improved. In 2022, there were a total of 30 postdoctoral fellows in the station. After the postdoctoral fellowship, there were a total of 7 projects, such as the National Natural Science Foundation of China Youth Fund, the postdoctoral international exchange introduction project, the special research assistant project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the postdoctoral fund general project.