Qian Jane Wang

Qian Jane Wang

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

2145 Sheridan Road

Tech A219

Evanston, IL 60208-3109

(847) 467-7510
qwang( at )northwestern.edu


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1993

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 1989

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Xian University of Technology, Xian, China, 1982

Research Interests

Contact and interfacial mechanics; tribology; tribological design of mechanical systems

Significant Recognition

  • Surface Engineering Technical Committee 2010 Best Paper Award, STLE, 2011
  • Edmond E Bisson Best Written Technical Contribution Award, STLE, 2010
  • Ralph R. Teeter Educational Award, SAE, 2000
  • Advisor Award Certificate, ASME Board of Governors, 2000, 2002
  • Edmond E Bisson Best Written Contribution Award, STLE (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication engineers), 2010
  • Fellow, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, 2007
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2009
  • SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award
  • ASME Advisor Award Certificate
  • Reviewer of the Year, ASME Journal of Tribology
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 1997
  • Captain Alfred E. Hunt Best Paper Award (two papers, with H. S. Cheng), STLE, 1997

Significant Professional Service

  • Associate editor, Journal of Tribology, Tribology Transactions, and Advances in Tribology
  • Chair, 2011-2012, STLE Fellows Committee
  • Chair, 2011 ASME/STLE International Joint Tribology Conference, Oct. 23-27, Los Angeles
  • Chair, STLE Annual Meeting Program Committee, May 2008, Cleveland
  • Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Triboloy, 2002-09
  • Associate Editor: STLE Tribology Transactions, 2003 - Present
  • Chief Editor, Encyclopedia of Tribology
  • Editorial Board Member:"Tribology - "Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces and Advances in Tribology
  • Associate Editor, Friction, 2012 - Present

In the Classroom

Professor Wang believes that encouraging active learning and promoting motivational forces, or psychological stimulators, can help achieve the best teaching effect. She feels that teaching is an art that requires a constant effort for improvement. She consistently conducts teaching experiments and search for effective means of classroom instruction.

Professor Wang teaches Design of Element at the undergraduate level and Tribology courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Professor Wang is very active in supervising graduate and undergraduate research projects.

Selected Publications

  • Wang, Zhanjiang; Jin, Xiaoqing; Keer, Leon M.; Wang, Qian; Zhou, Qinghua, “An efficient numerical method with a parallel computational strategy for solving arbitrarily shaped inclusions in elastoplastic contact problems”, Journal of Tribology, (2013)
  • Wang, Q. Jane; Zhu, Dong, “Effect of roughness orientation on the elastohydrodynamic lubrication film thickness”, Journal of Tribology, (2013)
  • Wang, Zhanjiang; Jin, Xiaoqing; Keer, Leon M.; Wang, Qian, “Novel model for partial-slip contact involving a material with inhomogeneity”, Journal of Tribology, (2013)
  • Cao, Jian; Wang, Zhanjiang; Jin, Xiaoqing; Liu, Shuangbiao; Keer, Leon M., “A new fast method for solving contact plasticity and its application in analyzing elasto-plastic partial slip”, Mechanics of Materials, (2013)
  • Keer, Leon M.; Wang, Q. Jane; Wang, Xu; Zhou, Kun; Hoh, Hsin Jen, “A review of recent works on inclusions”, Mechanics of Materials, (2013)
  • Li, Zhe; Yu, Hualong; Jane Wang, Q., “Viscoelastic-adhesive contact modeling: Application to the characterization of the viscoelastic behavior of materials”, Mechanics of Materials, (2013)
  • Wang, Q. and Chung, Y. W. eds, “Encyclopedia of Tribology”, Springer, (2013)
  • Wang, Zhanjiang; Jin, Xiaoqing; Wang, Q. Jane; Li, Pengyang; Li, Xiaoyong, “Elasto-plastic indentation of a half-space by a rigid sphere under normal and torque loading”, Tribology International, (2013)

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