Ben Wang holds Gwaltney Chair in Manufacturing Systems and is Professor in the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering, and Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech. In addition, he serves as the executive director of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute. Dr. Wang is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering. He served as Chair of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine from 2017 to 2019.
Dr. Wang’s professional focus is on strengthening manufacturing competitiveness through technology, infrastructure, workforce, and policy. His research lies at the nexus of advanced manufacturing, innovative materials, and data analytics. On innovation materials and advanced manufacturing, Dr. Wang is widely acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of nanomaterials, e.g., nanotubes, science. His main area of research involves a material known as “buckypaper,” which has shown promise in a variety of applications, including the development of aerospace structures, improvements in energy and power efficiency, enhancements in thermal management of engineering systems, and construction of the next generation of computer displays.