Jerry Wang joined CMU after a postdoctoral researcher position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Chemical Engineering. He has past research in the areas of nanophotonics and metamaterials (Argonne National Lab), high-energy physics (Yale/CERN), fluid mechanics at non-infinitesimal Reynolds numbers (Yale), and cell biology (University of Illinois). His research interests involve using mechanics, statistical physics, and high-performance computing to understand nanoscale structural and transport phenomena, with the goal of developing very small solutions for very big problems in the water-energy nexus.

Jerry Wang's lab

Computational Modeling of Liquid Crystals

Understanding nanoscale structural and transport phenomena


2019 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering and Computation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2015 S.M., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2013 B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics & Physics, Yale University

Media mentions

CMU Engineering

Honoring our educators

Six members from the College of Engineering were recognized at CMU’s annual Celebration of Education Awards.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

2024 CMU Teaching Innovation Award to Jerry Wang for “Participation Shoutouts!” activity

Jerry Wang receives the 2024 CMU Teaching Innovation Award for his "Participation Shoutouts!" activity, fostering gratitude and community among students at Carnegie Mellon University, enhancing both academic performance and well-being.

CMU Engineering

Liquid crystals and the hunt for defects

Civil and environmental engineering researchers are creating tools to help unlock the secrets of liquid crystals.


Wang receives ASCE Civil Engineering Education New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award

CEE’s Jerry Wang received the ASCE Civil Engineering Education New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award for his dedication to his students and their education.

CMU Engineering

Small particles research reveals benefits of interaction

Undergraduate research opportunity gave Kelby Kramer the chance to explore topics and gain skills outside his chosen field.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

ASCE New Faculty Excellence Award recognizes Wang's teaching achievements

Assistant Professor Jerry Wang has been honored with the prestigious ASCE Civil Engineering Education New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, recognizing his exceptional teaching, dedication to inclusive education, and innovative pedagogy.

CMU Engineering

Meitz first in 25 years to receive DOE graduate fellowship

Mechanical engineering student Ethan Meitz is working to create predictive nanoscale models for the thermophysical properties of liquids.

Krause and Wang named Wimmer Faculty Fellows

CEE’s Jerry Wang and MSE’s Mandie Krause have been named Wimmer Faculty Fellows at the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Janicke wins Judith A. Resnik Award

CEE senior Lauren Janicke, has received the Judith A. Resnik Award for her exceptional academic accomplishments. Lauren is pursuing a civil and environmental engineering major and a statistics minor.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Li spins success in engineering, table tennis

“If you want to improve your game, you must work very hard on the drills and strokes and repeat the basic training many, many times. That is also the mindset used when I try to solve a hard engineering problem,” Li says.

Mechanical Engineering

Understanding active matter unlocks new material properties

An interdisciplinary collaboration provides news insights into modeling and understanding the inner workings of active-matter systems. "Active matter" describes particles with the ability to convert stored or ambient energy into motion.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Understanding active matter unlocks new material properties

When introduced to a system, active matter harvests energy and begins to move. The term refers to systems that can be either biological or artificial, ranging from the self-organizing components of a living cell to synthetic colloids that react to light with movement. When added to an ordinary material, active particles can change the properties and behavior of that material.