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: MCM, CREST

Areas of Interest:

  • Nanoscale mechanics of fluids, soft matter, and active matter
  • Molecular simulation and statistical physics (both in and out of equilibrium)
  • Sustainable food, energy, and water
  • Pedestrian mobility and dynamics in urban environments
  • Multi-scale methods development and high-performance computing
  • Computational science and engineering education


Representative Publications


  • 12-216 Research Skills in CEE
  • 12-271 Computation and Data Science for Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • 12-623 Molecular Simulation of Materials
  • 12-792 Advanced Independent Study (in areas including advanced scientific computing and fluid dynamics)

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.