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Qiming Wang

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Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering


  • 2014, Doctoral Degree, Mechanical Engineering, Duke University
  • 2010, Bachelor's Degree, Applied Mathematics, Fudan University


Qiming Wang is an Assistant Professor at Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He received PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science of Duke University in 2014. Thereafter, he was a postdoctoral associate in Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He won MRS Graduate Student Award, ACS Arthur K. Doolittle Award, ASME Best Student Paper Award, Lew Pre-doctoral Fellowship and Kewaunee Student Achievement Award. His research has been widely reported by Discovery, Washington Post, BBC Focus, NBC News, Wall Street Journal, Physics Today and NSF News.

Research Summary

His research is focused on designing novel materials and structures to rise to two grand challenges: how to restore and improve urban infrastructure, and how to provide access to clean water. We take theoretical, computational and experimental approaches to solve important problems in the following core themes: Mechanics of active materials and structures: constitutive modeling, multiphysics coupling, mechanical instability, fracture and adhesion; Additive manufacturing: lightweight structures, architected soft materials, scalable nanomanufacturing. Biofouling management: biofilm mechanics, antibiofouling, fouling-free devices.


  • 2014 MRS MRS Graduate Student Award
  • 2014 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad
  • 2014 246th ACS National Meeting Arthur K. Doolittle Award
  • 2013 Center for Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering at Duke Kewaunee Student Achievement Award
  • 2013 NSF-PACAM NSF-PACAM fellowship for PACAM XII, Huston
  • 2012 Center for Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering at Duke Lew Pre-doctoral Fellowship
  • 2011 Haythornthwaite Foundation Travel Award
  • 2011 ASME AMD ASME AMD Student Paper Competition Award (2nd place)
  • 2011 Triangle MRSEC Fellowship
  • Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • BHE 222
  • Biegler Hall of Engineering
  • 920 Downey Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2531

Contact Information
  • (213) 821-4715
  • qimingw@usc.edu


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