Jerry Wang joined CMU after a postdoctoral researcher position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Chemical Engineering. He has past research in the areas of nanophotonics and metamaterials (Argonne National Lab), high-energy physics (Yale/CERN), fluid mechanics at non-infinitesimal Reynolds numbers (Yale), and cell biology (University of Illinois). His research interests involve using mechanics, statistical physics, and high-performance computing to understand nanoscale structural and transport phenomena, with the goal of developing very small solutions for very big problems in the water-energy nexus.

Jerry Wang's lab

Computational Modeling of Liquid Crystals

Understanding nanoscale structural and transport phenomena


2019 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering and Computation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2015 S.M., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2013 B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics & Physics, Yale University

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CMU Engineering

Liquid crystals and the hunt for defects

Civil and environmental engineering researchers are creating tools to help unlock the secrets of liquid crystals.


Wang receives ASCE Civil Engineering Education New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award

CEE’s Jerry Wang received the ASCE Civil Engineering Education New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award for his dedication to his students and their education.

CMU Engineering

Small particles research reveals benefits of interaction

Undergraduate research opportunity gave Kelby Kramer the chance to explore topics and gain skills outside his chosen field.

CMU Engineering

Meitz first in 25 years to receive DOE graduate fellowship

Mechanical engineering student Ethan Meitz is working to create predictive nanoscale models for the thermophysical properties of liquids.

Krause and Wang named Wimmer Faculty Fellows

CEE’s Jerry Wang and MSE’s Mandie Krause have been named Wimmer Faculty Fellows at the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation.

Mechanical Engineering

Understanding active matter unlocks new material properties

An interdisciplinary collaboration provides news insights into modeling and understanding the inner workings of active-matter systems. "Active matter" describes particles with the ability to convert stored or ambient energy into motion.

Carnegie Bosch Institute

Engineering faculty receives CBI funding

CEE’s Burcu Akinci and Gerald Wang; CyLab’s Eunsuk Kang; ECE’s Gauri Joshi; EPP’s Alex Davis; and MechE’s Satbir Singh, and Conrad Tucker, and Ding Zhao were awarded funding from the Carnegie Bosch Institute.

CMU Engineering

Trans-disciplinary team investigates topological defects

Amit Acharya is leading a multidisciplinary, university-spanning team in an NSF Grand Convergence Research project to unravel one of the most ubiquitous physical phenomena known to science.

Carnegie Mellon University

Engineering professors named teaching fellows

BME’s Rosalyn Abbott, MechE’s Mark Bedillion, and CEE’s Gerald Wang have been named Provost’s Inclusive Teaching Fellows. This is awarded to faculty who are working with the Eberly Center to develop new approaches to inclusive and equitable teaching in their classrooms.

CMU Engineering

Virtual spaces for realistic learning

This year, the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department offered more summer research positions than ever before, as well as a novel and engaging virtual poster session.

CMU Engineering

Going with the flow

In solving an age-old physics problem, a team led by Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Jerry Wang has helped enable a future permeated with nanoporous materials.