Dr. Taylor G. WangCentennial Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Emeritus, Vanderbilt University, USA
Dr Taylor Wang holds a PhD in solid state and fluid physics and a BS and MS both in physics, all from the University of California.From 1972-78 Dr Wang worked as a Senior Scientist in the Physics Department at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, and in 1979 became the Microgravity Science and Applications Program Director also at JPL, a position he remained in until 1988.
Between 1984 and 1986 he was an Astronaut-Scientist, Payload Specialist Spacelab 3 for NASA.
He became a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at JPL, between 1988 and 1991, and a Centennial Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Vanderbilt University between 1988 and 1993.
He also became the Director of the Center for Microgravity Research and Applications at Vanderbilt the same year, a position he held until 2005.From 1993 until 2012, Dr Wang was the Centennial Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and the Director of the Applied Physics Program at Vanderbilt University.Dr Wang has many awards and recognitions for his work, some of which include: 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, World Most Influential Chinese to Mankind Foundation, 2004 Group Achievement Award, USRA/ANSER-NASA NIAC Team, NASA, 1989 Asian Pacific American Achievement Award, Outstanding Contribution in Science and Technology, OCA, 1987 Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, NASA, and many more.
He has also authored and edited books, journal articles and textbook chapters on his areas of expertise, and holds 28 US patents.
In 2011, an Education Committee was formed by Acacia Foundation that included both board members and community leaders in education to offer guidance and direction to Acacia Foundation and we very fortunate to have Dr. Taylor Wang, a professor at Vanderbilt University as well as a past astronaut in the NASA Space Shuttle program to agree to help.
Taylor Wang (US) suggested that the Association decide during the week what role it should play in advocating international cooperation in space.
As a result of his initiative, Wang was chosen to chair a new congress working group on space cooperation.
Wednesday morning the working groups completed their discussions, and in the afternoon the members gathered in plenum to hear reports from group chairmen Vladimir Dzanibekov (USSR), Dumitru Prunariu (Romania) and Taylor Wang (US).
Taylor Wang (US) then presented his group's proposals on how the ASE should promote international cooperation in space.
The flight crew for STS 51-B was: Robert F. Overmyer, Commander; Frederick D. Gregory, Pilot; Don L. Lind, Mission Specialist; Norman E. Thagard, Mission Specialist; William E. Thornton, Mission Specialist; Lodewijk van den Berg, Payload Specialist; Taylor G. Wang, Payload Specialist.
San Diego Air & Space Museum - Balboa Park, San Diego
As a Payload Specialist aboard STS-51-B, Dr. Taylor Wang was the first Asian-American in space.
He was born in China in 1940 and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of twelve.He earned a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and doctorate in Physics from the University of California at Los Angeles.He was a senior scientist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at California Institute of Technology, focusing on material processing in space.
In 1985, he became part of the Challenger crew as part of its Spacelab 3, an onboard research facility, where he performed experiments with the Drop Dynamics Module (DDM), on the behavior of rotating spheroids in zero gravity.
He is the inventor of the acoustic levitation and manipulation chamber for used for DDM.Since then, Dr. Wang has served as Principal Investigator for several Spacelab missions involving drop and bubble dynamics, collision and coalescence of drops, charged drop dynamics, containerless science, and encapsulation of living cells.Later on, he became Centennial Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus, as well as Centennial Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Emeritus at Vanderbilt University.Dr. Wang has written approximately 200 journal articles and holds 20 U.S. patents.
He has traveled 2.9 million miles in space, has orbited the earth 110 times and has logged 168 hours in space.
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