Faculty Directory
Q. Jane Wang

Professor of Mechanical Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech A219
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-467-7510Email Q. Jane Wang


Tribology Laboratories


Mechanical Engineering


Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Graduate Program


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1993

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 1989

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Xian University of Technology, Xian, China, 1982

Research Interests



Contact/interfacial mechanics, tribology of advanced materials and novel lubricants, design and engineering of energy-efficient surfaces, including 1) novel approaches of extreme-condition tribological and energy efficiency problems; 2) theories of and methods for contact and interfacial mechanics, numerical simulations of frictional heat transfer and mixed-thermo-elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication problems; 3) thermal-tribological designs of machine elements and their surfaces, multidisciplinary modeling of asperity contact; 4) virtual surface texturing and novel surface texturing technologies;  5) new lubricants and lubrication technologies; and 6) industrial applications of models, surface designs, and novel lubricants for friction reduction, lubrication enhancement, and failure prevention.



Significant Recognition

  • Surface Engineering Technical Committee 2010 Best Paper Award, STLE, 2011
  • Edmond E Bisson Best Written Technical Contribution Award, STLE, 2010
  • Ralph R. Teeter Educational Award, SAE, 2000
  • Advisor Award Certificate, ASME Board of Governors, 2000, 2002
  • Edmond E Bisson Best Written Contribution Award, STLE (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication engineers), 2010
  • Fellow, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, 2007
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2009
  • SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award
  • ASME Advisor Award Certificate
  • Reviewer of the Year, ASME Journal of Tribology
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 1997
  • Captain Alfred E. Hunt Best Paper Award (two papers, with H. S. Cheng), STLE, 1997

Significant Professional Service

  • Associate editor, Journal of Tribology, Tribology Transactions, and Advances in Tribology
  • Chair, 2011-2012, STLE Fellows Committee
  • Chair, 2011 ASME/STLE International Joint Tribology Conference, Oct. 23-27, Los Angeles
  • Chair, STLE Annual Meeting Program Committee, May 2008, Cleveland
  • Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Triboloy, 2002-09
  • Associate Editor: STLE Tribology Transactions, 2003 - Present
  • Chief Editor, Encyclopedia of Tribology
  • Editorial Board Member:"Tribology - "Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces and Advances in Tribology
  • Associate Editor, Friction, 2012 - Present

Selected Publications

  • Michael Desanker, Blake Johnson, Afif M. Seyam, Yip Wah Chung, Hassan S. Bazzi, Massimiliano Delferro, Tobin J. Marks, Q. Jane Wang, “Oil-Soluble Silver-Organic Molecule for in Situ Deposition of Lubricious Metallic Silver at High Temperatures”, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, (2016)
  • Xin Ai Zhang, Yuzhen Zhao, Kai Ma, Qian Wang, “Friction behavior and wear protection ability of selected base lubricants”, Friction, (2016)
  • Qinghua Zhou, Lechun Xie, Xueli Wang, Xiaoqing Jin, Zhanjiang Wang, Jiaxu Wang, Zhihong Jia, Leon M. Keer, Qian Wang, “Modeling rolling contact fatigue lives of composite materials based on the dual beam FIB/SEM technique”, International Journal of Fatigue, (2016)
  • Zhanjiang Wang, Hao Yu, Qian Wang, “Analytical solutions for elastic fields caused by eigenstrains in two joined and perfectly bonded half-spaces and related problems”, International Journal of Plasticity, (2016)
  • Yanfeng Han, Shangwu Xiong, Jiaxu Wang, Q. Jane Wang, “A new singularity treatment approach for journal-bearing mixed lubrication modeled by the finite difference method with a herringbone mesh”, Journal of Tribology, (2016)
  • Xuesong Han, Qian Jane Wang, “Investigation of mechanical properties of gold nanocoating using nanoindentation experiments”, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, (2016)
  • Xuan Dou, Andrew R. Koltonow, Xingliang He, Hee Dong Jang, Qian Wang, Yip Wah Chung, Jiaxing Huang, “Self-dispersed crumpled graphene balls in oil for friction and wear reduction”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, (2016)
  • Chia Wen Chan, Yan Feng Han, Zhanjiang Wang, Jiaxu Wang, Fanghui Shi, Nenzi Wang, O. Jane Wang, “Exploration on a fast EHL computing technology for analyzing journal bearings with engineered surface textures”, Tribology and Lubrication Technology, (2016)

In the Classroom

Professor Wang believes that encouraging active learning and promoting motivational forces, or psychological stimulators, can help achieve the best teaching effect. She feels that teaching is an art that requires a constant effort for improvement. She consistently conducts teaching experiments and search for effective means of classroom instruction.

Professor Wang teaches Design of Element at the undergraduate level and Tribology courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Professor Wang is very active in supervising graduate and undergraduate research projects.