Tong started her career as a Structural Engineer in Tianjin Architecture Design Institute in China after graduating from Tianjin University. Then she pursued further career development by studying MSc in Renewable Energy and Architecture at the University of Nottingham, followed by PhD research in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and field testing on natural ventilation in buildings.
Tong contributed to various research projects funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) with UK and European academics and industry collaborators, e.g. (1) predicting human-environment thermal interaction in naturally ventilation buildings; (2) applying additive manufacturing technologies from building design to fullscale building components fabrication in freeform construction; (3) rapid prototyping for advance modelling of building ventilation. She also won High Performance Computing (2010) award and ANSYS Wall Planner Competition (2007).
As a Chartered Engineer and Committee member for the Intelligent Buildings Group in the Chartered Institution for Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), Tong is engaged in effective communication between academics and practical professionals, and promoting state-of-art building science and technology through international collaboration, also disseminated in the contribution to Encyclopedia of Sustainable Science and Technology by Springer and Elsevier. She is the Co-coordinator of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) Commission W098 Intelligent and Responsive Buildings.
Through research-led teaching at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, she engaged multi-disciplinary students in Design-for-Real project (2014-16) to improve the quality of rural education, attracted national and international industry partners to steer the sustainable development of local communities in the north-east of China. Tong is continuing to work on R&D projects to address barriers and provide policy recommendations for developing green intelligent buildings and cities for local governments.
Tong initiated and contributed as the Engineering Lead in MDX Living Pavilion project that being recognized as the runner-up for Teaching Excellence at Guardian University Awards 2020. Being a Chartered Engineer, Tong bridges the gaps between technical rigour and creative exploration, research and real world applications - enabling transdisciplinary collaboration, cultural and community connections for sustainable transformation of natural and built environment.
Yang, Li Wei and Xu, Rong Ji and Zhou, Wen Bin and Li, Yan and Yang, Tong and Wang, Hua Sheng (2023) Investigation of solar assisted air source heat pump heating system integrating compound parabolic concentrator-capillary tube solar collectors. Energy Conversion and Management , 277 . ISSN 0196-8904
Yang, Li Wei and Li, Yan and Yang, Tong and Wang, Hua Sheng (2022) Low temperature heating operation performance of a domestic heating system based on indirect expansion solar assisted air source heat pump. Solar Energy , 244 . pp. 134-154. ISSN 0038-092X
Girgibo, Nebiyu and Lü, Xiaoshu and Hiltunen, Erkki and Peura, Pekka and Yang, Tong and Dai, Zhenxue (2022) A conceptual framework for the future of sea-level rise and land uplift changes in the Vaasa region of Finland. SCIREA Journal of Geosciences , 6 (1). pp. 23-57.
Clements-Croome, Derek and Marson, Matthew and Yang, Tong and Airaksinen, Miimu (2022) Planning and design scenarios for liveable cities. In: Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies, 2nd Edition. Abraham, Martin , ed. Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences . Elsevier. ISBN 9780124095489
Yang, Tong and Clements-Croome, Derek and Marson, Matthew (2022) Building energy management systems. In: Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies, 2nd edition. Abraham, Martin , ed. Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences . Elsevier. ISBN 9780124095489
Scientific Committee and Editorial Membership