Ruo-Qian (Roger) Wang

Assistant Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Office:RWH 328E
Website: Wang Hydro-environment Informatics Research Lab (WHIRL)

Roger Wang, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rutgers University. Prior to joining Rutgers University, he worked as a Lecturer at the University of Dundee, UK. He received his Ph.D. degree in Environmental Fluid Mechanics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2014, his M.S. degree from Singapore Stanford Partnership, and his B.S. degree from Beihang University. He has conducted Postdoctoral research at MIT and University of California Berkeley during 2014 to 2017.

Dr. Wang’s research group is aimed at developing numerical models to connect big data and decision-making in civil and environmental engineering systems. He and his students endeavor to create innovative methods to address two major challenges in this task. 1) Data-Model Interface: how to enrich the big data source and develop a transforming interface to improve model reliability and accuracy; and 2) Model-based Decision Making: how to inform decision making taking the advantage of the fast speed and high resolution of the model with large scale supercomputing. His lab has a wide spectrum of research topics, including coastal resilience, urban floods, renewable energy, aquaculture, multiphase flows, nano-microfluidics, and water resources.



Ph.D. in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014

M.S. in Environmental Engineering, Singapore Stanford Partnership (Nanyang Technological University/Stanford University), 2008

B.S. in Fluid Mechanics, Beihang University, 2007


Early Career Researcher Bursary, EIMR 2018 conference, The MASTS Marine Renewable Energy Forum, Orkney, Scotland, 2018

Roland Schlich Early Career Scientist's Travel Award, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018, Vienna, Austria, 2018

Travel Award, The 69th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society - Division of Fluid Dynamics, Portland, OR, 2016

Semi-finalist, $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, Cambridge, MA, 2014

Global Fellow, MIT-Imperial College Global Fellow Program, London, UK, 2012

Schoettler Graduate Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2009

SSP Scholarship, Singapore Stanford Partnership, Singapore / Stanford, CA, 2007


Professional Affiliations

Associate member, American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE)

Member, American Association of Geographers (AAG)

Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Expert, Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects, United Nations

Council Member, EWRI Urban Water Resources Research Council, ASCE

Council Member, EWRI Computational Fluid Dynamics Task Committee

Member, Edinburgh Mathematical Society

Member, International Association for Hydro-environment Engineering and Research (IAHR)

Member, American Physical Society (APS)

Selected Publications

Wang, R. Q., Mao, H., Wang, Y., Rae, C., & Shaw, W., (2018), Hyper-resolution monitoring of urban flooding with social media and crowd-sourcing data, Computers and Geosciences, 111(2), 139 - 147.

Wang, R. Q., Stacey, M. T., Herdman, L., Hummel, M., Erikson, L., & Barnard, P., (2018), Interdependence of Coastal Protection Infrastructure Projects and the Effects of Sea Level Rise, Earth's future, doi:10.1002/2017EF000742.

Wang, R. Q., Stacey, M. T., Herdman, L., Hummel, M., Erikson, L., & Barnard, P. (2017), Interactions of Estuarine Shoreline Infrastructure With Multiscale Sea Level Variability, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 122, 9962 - 9979.

Wang, R. Q., Adams, E. E., Law, A. W. K., & Lai, A. C. (2015). Scaling particle cloud dynamics: from lab to field. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 141(7), 06015006.

Wang, R. Q., Law, A. W. K., & Adams, E. E. (2014). Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) of settling particle cloud dynamics. International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 67, 65-75. 

Wang, R. Q., Law, A. W. K., & Adams, E. E. (2011). Pinch-off and formation number of negatively buoyant jets. Physics of Fluids, 23(5), 052101.