Zheng Jane Wang
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, Cornell (2009-),
Professor Physics, Cornell (2010-)
We strive to find sharp and intuitive answers to inter-connected puzzles in complex systems. Much of our work is driven by our desire to see and conceptualize the world around us.
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.
Previous research: Statistical Physics of Turbulence, Turbulent Diffusion, Fokker-Planck Equation, and Random Non-Hermitian Matrices.
Biological Fluid Dynamics (TAM6170/PHYS7617) Applied Mathematics, Fluid Dynamics
- 2010. "Fruit Flies Modulate Passive Wing Pitching to Generate In-Flight Turns." Physical Review Letters 104: 148101. .
- 2009. "Flapping wing flight can save aerodynamic power compared to steady flight." Physical Review Letters 103 (11): 118102. .
- 2007. "Passive wing pitch reversal in insect flight." Journal of Fluid Mechanics 591: 321-337. .
- 2007. "Energy-minimizing kinematics in hovering insect flight." Journal of Fluid Mechanics 582: 153-168. .
- 2006. "An Immersed Interface Method for Simulating the Interaction of Fluids with Moving Boundaries." Journal of Computational Physics 201: 454-493. .
Selected Awards and Honors
- Cornell Provost's Award for Distinguished Scholarship (Cornell University) 2005
- Radcliffe Fellowship for Advanced Study (Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University) 2007
- David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering (David and Lucile Packard Foundation) 2002
- ONR Young Investigator (Office of Naval Research) 2001
- NSF Early Career Award (National Science Foundation) 2001
- BS Fudan University, 1989
- Ph D (Physics), University of Chicago, 1996