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
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.
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.
has also authored and edited books, journal articles and textbook chapters on his
areas of expertise, and holds 28 US patents.