Created: 09/10/2021 21:46Updated: 09/17/2021 16:16

Fang, Nick  

(617) 253-2247
Bio: Professor Nicholas X. Fang is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Fang earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics from Nanjing University, China; and Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles. He joined the M.I.T. faculty in 2011. Prior to that, he worked as assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Fang teaches and conducts research in the area of micro/nanotechnology. Professor Fang’s research programs have focused on the engineered optical and acoustic metamaterials. While the main efforts focuses on new insights of material and device design from fundamental approaches, his group also actively pursue the applications in the areas of energy conversion, communication, and biomedical imaging. For example, together with his collaborators from HKUST and MIT, his group will build and test smart adaptive control/monitoring system for energy efficient buildings. Professor Fang has published over 150 archival journal papers with his group and has mentored 14 Master’s students and 35 Doctoral students as well as more than a dozen Postdoctoral Associates, now pursuing successful careers in industry and research laboratories, and academia such as Rutgers University and University of California at San Diego. Professor Fang has been the recipient of several awards and honors recognizing his research and teaching efforts, including the UIUC Award of Excellence in Advising; the selected Professional of the Year 2010 in Higher Education by Cambridge Who’s Who; the ICO Prize from the International Commission of Optics; the NSF CAREER Award; the Society of Manufacturing Engineering Outstanding Young Investigator Award; Technology Review Magazine’s 35 Young Innovators Award; the ASME Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and the ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal Award.

Areas of Expertise

Marine and Earth Science:
Physical Oceanography
Mechanical Engineering
Academic entrepreneurship
Technology Transfer
Mentoring and Early Career Development:
High school interns
REU program
Master’s students
Ph.D. students
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
Active participation in institutional JEDI programming

Resources & Facilities

Laboratory Facilities:
Analytical equipment
Analytical equipment: Microscopes
Computational Facilities:
Computational modeling
Field-Going Resources:
Sensor arrays

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