Carnegie Mellon University

Gerald Wang

Gerald J. Wang

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Jerry Wang joined Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2019. He received his BS in 2013 from Yale University (Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics & Physics), SM in 2015 from MIT (Mechanical Engineering), and PhD in 2019 from MIT (Mechanical Engineering and Computation), working with Professor Nicolas G. Hadjiconstantinou. He performed postdoctoral research at MIT in Chemical Engineering, working with Professor James W. Swan.

His research interests involve using mechanics, statistical physics, and high-performance computing to understand nanoscale structural and transport phenomena, with the goal of developing very small solutions for very big problems in the water-energy nexus.

During his PhD, Wang held the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship and the Tau Beta Pi Graduate Fellowship.


  • PhD - Mechanical Engineering and Computation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019
  • SM - Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015
  • BS - Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics & Physics, Yale University, 2013


Research Group: MMC  EESS

Areas of Interest:

  • Nanoscale fluid and solid mechanics
  • Molecular simulation
  • Materials science for the water-energy nexus
  • Non-equilibrium statistical physics
  • Multi-scale methods development/high-performance computing


Representative Publications

G. J. Wang and N. G. Hadjiconstantinou (2019) A Universal Molecular-Kinetic Scaling Relation for Slip of a Simple Fluid at a Solid Boundary, Physical Review Fluids, Vol. 4, No. 6, 064201.

G. J. Wang and N. G. Hadjiconstantinou (2018) Layered Fluid Structure and Anomalous Diffusion under Nanoconfinement, Langmuir, Vol. 34, Iss. 23, 6976-6982.

G. J. Wang and N. G. Hadjiconstantinou (2017) Molecular mechanics and structure of the fluid-solid interface in simple fluids,  Physical Review Fluids, Vol. 2, No. 9, 094201.

G. J. Wang and N. G. Hadjiconstantinou (2015) Why are Fluid Densities So Low in Carbon Nanotubes?, Physics of Fluids, Vol. 27, No. 5, 052006.


  • 12-216 Research Skills in CEE
  • 12-271 Computation and Data Science for Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • 12-623 Molecular Simulation of Materials

Gerald Wang: Understanding Nanoscale Structural and Transport Phenomena

CEE’s Gerald Wang studies how particles move. By understanding small interactions, he and his group can find better ways to model the big picture, whether it's pedestrians walking in a crowd or chemical molecules separating from a mixture.