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Background Information

Employment History


Microgravity Science and Applications Program Director



Vanderbilt University

Centennial Professor of Mech Engineer, Emeritus

Encapsulife Inc



Returning Member

The International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association


Acoustical Society of America


American Physical Society



Vanderbilt University


University of California

Master of Science


University of California at Los Angeles






University of California at Los Angeles

Web References(54 Total References)

The Saudi International Space and Aeronautics Technology Conference 2012

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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.

Chinese American Heroes - HEROES

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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.

totse.com | Info about shuttle flight 51- B

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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 thescientist at EG&G Energy Management Corp., and Dr. Taylor Wang, a fluidden Berg and Taylor Wang.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.

The Islet Foundation - JDF/NASA Conference

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Taylor Wang of Vanderbilt University summarized the situation succinctly when he suggested that we need to immediately fund the near-term prospects, while in parallel supporting the science that may represent subsequent generations of cure.
Taylor Wang, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN


Dr. Taylor Wang, PhD — Encapsulife Founder, Chairman & CEO
Dr. Wang is one of America's and China's most highly regarded scientists — and is the author or co-author of over two hundred publications in open journals and the holder of 28 U.S. patents. As Founder, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer of Encapsulife he provides overall strategic leadership for the company. In 2007 Dr. Wang was presented with the Distinguished Science and Technology Award by the Chinese Institute of Engineers of the United States of America. During the 1985 NASA Shuttle Mission STS-51-B, Dr. Wang made formative observations in the micro gravity of outer space that have led to Encapsulife's successful research developments. For the past 20 years, Dr. Wang has served as the Centennial Professor of Applied Physics, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, at Vanderbilt University. During this time, Dr. Wang also founded and directed the Center for Microgravity Research and Applications. Prior to his tenure at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Wang was a program manager and a group supervisor for more than 15 years at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where he was responsible for annual oversight of a multi-million dollar budget, and management and leadership for more than 100 Ph.D. scientists and engineers. Dr. Wang is the recipient of numerous awards for his research and industry leadership including:

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