Junlan Wang

Junlan Wang Associate Professor
  MEB 208
  Laboratory for Nanomechanics of Complex Material Systems


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002
  • M.S. in Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, 1997
  • B.S. in Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, 1994


Dr. Junlan Wang is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. She came to UW from the University of California, Riverside where she served as an Associate Professor (2008) and an Assistant Professor (2003-08) of Mechanical Engineering. Previously, she spent one year at Brown University as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (2002-03).

Dr. Wang's research is in the area of mechanics of complex material systems. She is interested in developing novel experimental techniques complemented by numerical and analytical approaches to study the mechanics and physics of materials and structures at small spatial and temporal scales. Her current focus is in these sub-areas:

  1. Mechanical reliability of nanoporous materials as low-dielectric coatings for semiconductor industry and as wear-and-corrosion-resistant coatings for aircraft structures and components.
  2. Thin film adhesion measurement and high strain-rate materials behavior study using laser-induced stress waves.
  3. Mechanics of cells and biomaterials, and ultrasonic and laser-based chemical and biological sensing.
  4. Size-dependent plastic behavior of surface nano and microstructures.

Dr. Wang is a member of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM), the Materials Research Society (MRS), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

Honors and awards

  • NSF CAREER Award
  • ASEE Beer and Johnston Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award
  • SEM Hetenyi Award
  • ASME Materials Division Certification of Recognition
  • Bourns College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award
  • UC Regents Faculty Fellowship and a Faculty Development Award