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Z. Jane Wang

  • Z. Jane Wang
  • Dept: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Title: Professor
  • Address: 323 Thurston Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-5354
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  • BS Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, (1989).
  • PhD 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-)

Research Interests

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.

Teaching Interests

Biological Fluid Dynamics (MAE6270/PHYS7617), Physics of Living Organisms (PHYS7685), Fluid Dynamics (MAE6010), Applied Mathematics

Selected Publications

  • Z. Jane Wang. 2000. "Two dimensional mechanism for insect hovering." Physical Review Letters 85 (10): 2216-2219.
  • Z. Jane Wang. 2005. "Dissecting insect flight." Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics 37: 183-210.
  • Sheng, X., Z. Jane Wang. 2006. "An Immersed Interface Method for Simulating the Interaction of Fluids with Moving Boundaries." Journal of Computational Physics 201: 454-493.
  • Pesavento, U., Z. Jane Wang. 2009. "Flapping wing flight can save aerodynamic power compared to steady flight." Physical Review Letters 103 (11): 118102.
  • Bergou, A J., L. Ristroph, J. Guckenheimer, I. Cohen, Z. Jane Wang. 2010. "Fruit Flies Modulate Passive Wing Pitching to Generate In-Flight Turns." Physical Review Letters 104: 148101.

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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