Home Page for Frank Daoru Han at USC

Last Updated May 17, 2017

Daoru (Frank) Han, Ph.D. Astronautics, 2015
Department of Astronautical Engineering
Viterbi School of Engineering
University of Southern California

I am currently an Assistant Research Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Mechanical Engineering Department, Aerospace Engineering Program.

Starting from Fall 2017, I will be an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.


CV     A Brief Bio


Plasma-Material Interactions
Computational Plasma Physics
High-Performance Computing
Fluid/Gas/Plasma Dynamics
Aeronautical/Space Propulsion
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


  1. Daoru Han, Pu Wang, Xiaoming He, Tao Lin, and Joseph Wang. “A 3D immersed finite element method with non-homogeneous interface flux jump for applications in particle-in-cell simulations of plasma-lunar surface interactions”, Journal of Computational Physics, 321: 965-980, September 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.jcp.2016.05.057
  2. Daoru Han, Joseph Wang, and Xiaoming He. “A Nonhomogeneous Immersed-Finite-Element Particle-in-Cell Method for Modeling Dielectric Surface Charging in Plasmas”, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 44(8): 1326-1332, August 2016. doi: 10.1109/TPS.2016.2580698
  3. Joseph Wang, Daoru Han, and Yuan Hu. “Kinetic Simulations of Plasma Plume Potential in a Vacuum Chamber”, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 43(9): 3047-3053, September 2015. doi: 10.1109/TPS.2015.2457912
  4. Daoru Han and Serhat Hosder. “Inherent and Epistemic Uncertainty Analysis for Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations of Synthetic Jet Actuators”, International Journal for Uncertainty Quantification, 4(6): 511-533, 2014. doi: 10.1615/Int.J.UncertaintyQuantification.2014010659
  5. Srikanth Adya, Daoru Han, and Serhat Hosder. “Uncertainty Quantification Integrated to CFD Modeling of Synthetic Jet Actuators”, International Journal of Flow Control, 2(3): 169-181, September 2010. doi: 10.1260/1756-8250.2.3.169

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)

A Brief Bio

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.