Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
- B.S. Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, (1989).
- Ph.D. Physics, University of Chicago (1992-1996).
- NSF-NATO Fellow, Theoretical Physics, Oxford University (1996).
- Visiting Member, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences-New York University (1997-1999).
- Assistant (1999-2004), Associate (2004-2009), Professor (2009-), Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Cornell (1999-2009),
- Professor Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (2009-),
- Professor Physics, Cornell (2010-)
Much of our work is driven by our desire to see and conceptualize the world around us. We strive to find sharp and intuitive answers to inter-connected puzzles in complex systems.
Current research: Insect Flight (Unsteady Aerodynamics, 3D Flight Dynamics and Control, From Dynamics to ‘Brain’), Fluttering and Tumbling Objects in Fluids, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Hydrodynamic Interactions, and Interactions Among Organisms.
Prior research: Statistical Physics of Turbulence, Turbulent Diffusion, Fokker-Planck Equation, and Random Non-Hermitian Matrices.
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics
- Complex Systems, Network Science and Computation
- Fluid Dynamics and Rheology
- Robotics and Autonomy
- Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
Biological Fluid Dynamics (MAE6270/PHYS7617), Physics of Living Organisms (PHYS7685), Fluid Dynamics (MAE6010), Applied Mathematics
- Z. Jane Wang. 2016. “Insect Flight: From Newton’s Law to Neurons.” Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics 7 (1): 281-300.
- Noest, R., Z. Jane Wang. 2016. “Tiger Beetle’s Pursuit of Prey Depends on Distance.” Physical biology.
- El Yacoubi, A., S. Xu, Z. Jane Wang. 2016. “The effect of gravity and dimensionality on the impact of cylinders and spheres onto a wall in a viscous fluid.” Physics of Fluids 29 (2): 020717-020717.
- Z. Jane Wang. 2015. Insect Flight. Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics.
- Z. Jane Wang, Melfi Jr James. 2015. “Initial Observation of Flight Dynamics of Drosophila with their MNb1 Motor Neuron Silenced (Manuscript in Preparation).” Paper presented at APS/DFD 2015
Selected Awards and Honors
- NSF Early Career Award (National Science Foundation) 2001
- ONR Young Investigator (Office of Naval Research) 2001
- David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering (David and Lucile Packard Foundation) 2002
- Cornell Provost’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship (Cornell University) 2005
- Radcliffe Fellowship for Advanced Study (Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University) 2007
- Awarded a Simons Fellowship in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics 2020
- Ph.D. (Physics), University of Chicago, 1996