Daoru (Frank) Han, Ph.D. Astronautics, 2015
Department of Astronautical Engineering
Viterbi School of Engineering
University of Southern California
I am now an Assistant Research Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Mechanical Engineering Department, Aerospace Engineering Program.
Computational Plasma Physics
Particle-in-Cell (PIC) Method
Immersed Finite Element (IFE) Method
2015, Ph.D., Astronautical Engineering, University of Southern California
∙ Dissertation: Particle-in-Cell Simulations of Plasma Interactions with Asteroidal and Lunar Surfaces
2011, M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Formerly
University of Missouri - Rolla)
∙ Thesis: Inherent and Model-Form Uncertainty Analysis for CFD Simulation of Synthetic Jet Actuators
2009, B.Eng., Power Engineering of Aircraft (Aeronautical Propulsion), Nanjing University of
Aeronautics and Astronautics
∙ Linux (RedHat/CentOS/Fedora/Debian/Ubuntu), Microsoft Windows, Mac
∙LATEX, UG, SolidWorks, ANSYS/FLUENT, Tecplot, ParaView
∙ FORTRAN, C/C++, MATLAB, OpenMP/pthreads, MPI, OpenACC/CUDA
SELECTED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
∙ Mandarin (Mother Tongue), Traditional Chinese (Reading/Writing)
∙ Russian (Beginner)
Daoru (Frank) Han was born in Zhoukou, Henan Province - a small town in the central part of China - where he grew up and enjoyed a wild and natural childhood. In the year of 2005, he attended the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the city of Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. Four years later, he graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Power Engineering of Aircraft (Aeronautical Propulsion), and moved to the United States.
From 2009 to 2011, he studied at Missouri University of Science and Technology in a very small and quiet town, Rolla, where he also enjoyed the beauties and wildness of the state of Missouri. Getting a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree with a thesis focused on aerodynamics, in the summer of 2011, he got on a train heading to the city of Los Angeles in California and 35 hours later, he arrived.
He spent the next four years studying in the Department of Astronautical Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), developing and applying first-principle-based plasma simulation models on supercomputers to resolve fundamental plasma physics phenomena arising from space explorations. He defended his Ph.D. dissertation in June 2015.
Currently he is an Assistant Research Professor at WPI – after a cross-country 3000-mile drive from California to Massachusetts.