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/interfacial mechanics, tribology of advanced materials and novel lubricants, design and engineering of energy-efficient surfaces, including 1) novel approaches of extreme-condition tribological and energy efficiency problems; 2) theories of and methods for contact and interfacial mechanics, numerical simulations of frictional heat transfer and mixed-thermo-elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication problems; 3) thermal-tribological designs of machine elements and their surfaces, multidisciplinary modeling of asperity contact; 4) virtual surface texturing and novel surface texturing technologies;  5) new lubricants and lubrication technologies; and 6) industrial applications of models, surface designs, and novel lubricants for friction reduction, lubrication enhancement, and failure prevention.



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

  • Chung, Yip-Wah; Seyam, Afif M.; Wang, Q. Jane; Twist, Christina P.; Kim, Myung-Gil, “Synthesis and characterization of silver(I) pyrazolylmethylpyridine complexes and their implementation as metallic silver thin film precursors”, Inorganic Chemistry, (2014)
  • Jin, Xiaoqing; Wang, Zhanjiang; Zhou, Qinghua; Jane Wang, Q.; Wang, Jiaxu, “Effect of reinforcements on rolling contact fatigue behaviors of titanium matrix composite (TiB + TiC)/Ti-6Al-4V”, International Journal of Fatigue, (2014)
  • Wang, Qian; Wang, Zhanjiang; Zhu, Dong, “Elastohydrodynamic lubrication of inhomogeneous materials using the equivalent inclusion method”, Journal of Tribology, (2014)
  • Brunetiere, Noel; Jane Wang, Q., “Large-scale simulation of fluid flows for lubrication of rough surfaces”, Journal of Tribology, (2014)
  • Wang, Qian; Chung, Yip-Wah; Jungk, Manfred; Zolper, Thomas J.; Marks, Tobin J., “Modeling polysiloxane volume and viscosity variations with molecular structure and thermodynamic state”, Journal of Tribology, (2014)
  • Chen, Wei; He, Bo; Wang, Q. Jane; Yu, Hualong; Yu, Chengjiao, “Understanding topographic dependence of friction with micro- and nano-grooved surfaces”, Tribology Letters, (2014)
  • Wang, Q. Jane; Wang, Zhanjiang; Chan, Chia-Wen; Han, Yan-Feng; Wang, Jiaxu, “Exploration on a Fast EHL Computing Technology for Analyzing Journal Bearings with Engineered Surface Textures”, Tribology Transactions, (2014)
  • Wang, Qian; Liu, Yuchuan; Zhu, Dong, “On the Numerical Accuracy of Rough Surface EHL Solution”, Tribology Transactions, (2014)

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