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Dr. Taylor G. Wang

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Professor, Applied Physics, Emeri...

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Vanderbilt University
1211 22Nd Avenue South
Nashville , Tennessee 37232
United States

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  • doctorate , Physics
    University of California at Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Science , Physics
    University of California at Los Angeles
  • Master of Science , Physics
    University of California at Los Angeles
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San Diego Air & Space Museum - Balboa Park, San Diego, 26 May 2011 [cached]
Taylor Wang 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.
Chinese American Heroes - HEROES, 18 July 2009 [cached]
Name in English: Taylor Gun-Jin Wang
Taylor Gun-Jin Wang was the first person of Chinese descent to travel in space. Born in Shanghai, he moved with his family to Taiwan in 1952 where he got his elementary and high school education. He later moved to the United States in 1963 where he went to college and eventually earned a Ph.D. in Physics in 1971. He got a job with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) as a senior scientist in 1972 eventually becoming Program Manager for Materials Processing in Space. Dr. Wang is a leader in developing acoustic levitation as a method of containerless processing. Acoustic levitation is a method for suspending something in a given space using the intense sound waves. As microchips get smaller and smaller and run at faster and faster speeds it becomes more and more difficult to manipulate them without creating some microscopic flaw or introducing contamination that makes them useless. Containerless processing in zero gravity using sound waves offers the hope of eliminating some of these dangers and insuring continued growth in microchip processing power and the survival of this multibillion dollar industry.
Dr. Wang gained US citizenship in 1975, and published a paper on the dynamic behavior of rotating spheroids in zero gravity the next year. The paper caught the attention of NASA, and Wang was selected as Principal Investigator in 1983 for the Spacelab-3 mission, becoming one of the few scientists with no prior astronaut training to be selected before the Challenger disaster ended such recruitment in 1986. Dr. Wang flew on the Space Shuttle Challenger for seven days in 1985 where it docked with Spacelab-3 to make it operational. Dr. Wang performed experiments in drop dynamics and acoustic levitation. At mission conclusion, Dr. Wang had traveled over 2.9 million miles in 110 Earth orbits, and had logged over 168 hours in space.
In 1988 he left his post at JPL and went to Vanderbilt University. He is currently the Centennial Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Applied Physics Program and the Center for Microgravity Research at Vanderbilt University School of Engineering in Nashville, Tennessee. He continues his research in microgravity science and applications, drop physics, physical acoustics, and biotechnology.
The Saudi International Space and Aeronautics Technology Conference 2012, 5 June 2013 [cached]
Dr. Taylor G. Wang Centennial 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. | Info about shuttle flight 51- B, 14 Oct 2003 [cached]
Taylor G. Wang, of Jet Propulsion Laboratory, payload specialists.Payload and Experiments.Spacelab 3 carried a large number of experiments,including 15 primary ones, of which 14 were successfully performed.
Taylor Wang, a fluid physicist from the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Taylor G. Wang, Payload Specialist (PSF - fluids expert)
-- Dr. Taylor G. Wang, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Using the
scientist at EG&G Energy Management Corp., and Dr. Taylor Wang, a fluid
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Thornton, Lind and Wang -- works from morning to evening (day shift).
TAYLOR G. WANG, 44, Ph.D, is a payload specialist fluids expert.Born inShanghai, China, Wang is a physicist with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL),Pasadena, Calif.He received bachelor and master of science degrees inphysics, and a doctor of philosophy in physics from the University ofCalifornia, Los Angeles.He is a U.S. citizen.
Wang joined JPL as a senior scientist.Currently program manager formaterials processing in space, he has been responsible for the inception anddevelopment of containerless processing technology and dynamics of liquid dropsand bubbles research.
Wang has conducted precursor drop dynamics experiments in ground-basedlaboratories using acoustic levitation systems, neutral buoyancy systems anddrop towers, and in the near weight less environment of NASA's KC-135 aircraft.
Wang is the principal investigator on the Spacelab 3 Drop Dynamics Moduleexperiments.
Scholarship Page, 2 Jan 2014 [cached]
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.
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