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Joseph Jiong Wang

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Professor of Astronautics and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering


  • 1988, Master's Degree, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Doctoral Degree, Other Physical Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor's Degree, Engineering Mechanics/Thermophysics, Tsinghua University
  • , Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


1991 Ph.D., Plasma Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1988 S.M., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1985 B.Eng., Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University

Employment History:
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
2008-present: Associate Professor, Professor. Department of Astronautical Engineering

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
2001-2008: Associate Professor. Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
2007-2008: Co-Director. Center for Space Science and Engineering Research
2003-2005: Faculty Fellow. Virginia Bioinformatics Institute

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
2001-2008: Principal Member Engineering Staff (Faculty Part Time)
1991-2001: Member Technical Staff, Senior Member Engineering Staff, Principal Member Engineering Staff

Visiting Positions:
French National Aerospace Research Laboratory (ONERA), Toulouse, France
2009 (6 months): Senior Visiting Scientist

Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
2008 (4 months): Visiting Professor

Kyushu Institute of Technolog, Kitakyushu, Japan
2001 (2 months): Visiting Professor

Research Summary

Astronautical Plasma Dynamics and Space Plasma Physics;
Extraterrestrial Environments and Their Interactions with Spacecraft/Astronauts;
Advanced Spacecraft Propulsion (including Electric, Chemical, Beamed Energy);
Computational Physics and Parallel Computing;
Laboratory Simulation of In-Space Operation;
Spacecraft and Instrument Design


  • 2000 Jet Propulsion Laboratory The Lew Allen Award for Excellence for Significant Individual Accomplishments
  • 2004 Natioanal Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering, Invited Participant
  • 2006 Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean's Award for Excellence in Research
  • 2008 National Academies Keck Futures Initiative, Invited Participant
  • 2009 Natioanal Academy of Engineering German-American Frontiers of Engineering, Invited Participant
  • Astronautical Engineering
  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

  • RRB 216
  • Robert Glen Rapp Engineering Research Building
  • 854 Downey Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 1192

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-5370
  • josephjw@usc.edu


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