Xue Wang is a third-year graduate student in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Previously, Ms. Wang received her Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Mechanics in 2011 and her Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics in 2014 from Dalian University of Technology, China.
Ms. Wang joined Prof. Yanfei Gao’s group in 2016 and began focusing on computational modeling and simulation of metallurgy problems that depend on the relationships between processing, microstructure, and property.In the spring of 2017, she served as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) for the graduate course “Metallurgy of Deformation and Fracture.” Ms. Wang is currently working on a research project focused on friction stir welding and trying to quantify the transition of the stick-slip zone of the workpiece during the welding process based on theoretical contact mechanics and finite element analysis. She also contributes to studies aimed at the design and development of optimal microstructures in bulk-metallic-glass composites (BMGCs) by using finite element analysis and developing a new code to treat both plasticity and temperature in the simulations. Ms. Wang’s major source of financial support is through an industrial membership in the Manufacturing and Materials Joining Innovation Center (Ma2JIC), and she participates in the semiannual Industrial Advisory Board meetings by presenting her research results as posters and oral presentations.