Dr. Jiang Earns Dean F. Duncan Professorship


Dr. Xiaoning Jiang

Xiaoning Jiang has been named a Dean F. Duncan Distinguished Professor by the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department at NC State.

Dr. Jiang joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NC State in November of 2009. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at NC State University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Jiang received his BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees from Shanghai Jiaotong University (1990), Tianjin University (1992) and Tsinghua University (1997), respectively. In addition, he also received his Postdoctoral training from the Nanyang Technological University (1996-1997) and the Pennsylvania State University (1997-2001). Prior to joining NC State in 2009, he was the Chief Scientist and Vice President at TRS Technologies, Inc.

Dr. Jiang enjoys research on micro/nano-engineering of smart materials and structures, as well as their integration in advanced electromechanical devices towards the goal of improving the health of biological and structural systems. One of Dr. Jiang’s recent innovations is a forward-looking ultrasound catheter enabled micro-bubble/nanodroplet-mediated sonothrombolysis (Figure) for the effective disruption of blood clots, which is promising for unprecedented treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), which affect millions of  Americans every year. This technology has been licensed to a startup company for commercialization.


Figure: Schematic view of microbubble-mediated intravascular sonothrombolysis by using a catheter-tipped forward-viewing transducer; low-frequency (< 1MHz) ultrasound waves generate stable and inertial cavitation of locally injected microbubbles near the target blood clot.

Dr. Jiang is the author and co-author of two books, 6 book chapters, 9 issued US Patents and 6 patent application (2 of them were licensed to industry), 130 peer reviewed journal papers and over 100 conference papers on piezoelectric ultrasound transducers, ultrasound for medical imaging and therapy, drug delivery, ultrasound NDT/NDE, smart materials and structures and M/NEMS. He is also active in several international conferences including IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium (TPC-5), SPIE Smart Structures and NDE, ASME IMECE, IEEE NANO and will serve as a General Chair of IEEE NMDC 2021. In addition, he is the Nano-Acoustics Technical Committee Chair for IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC), an editorial board member for the journal Sensors, a senior associate editor for the ASME Journal of Engineering and Science in Medical Diagnostics and Therapy, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine. Dr. Jiang was also an IEEE NTC Distinguished Lecturer in 2018 and 2019 and he is an ASME Fellow.

At the graduate level, Dr. Jiang teaches micro-transducers incorporated with smart materials and micro/nanostructures (MAE 532). At the undergraduate level he teaches Solid Mechanics (MAE 214), Strength of Mechanical Components (MAE 316), Principles of Automatic Control (MAE 435), and Non-destructive Testing and Evaluation (MAE 440, with lab modules). As a faculty advisor, Dr. Jiang looks for hard-working students who have a strong background in physics and acoustics  and who are interested in developing strong instrumentation skills. His research is attractive to students who are interested in cutting-edge research in the biomedical, mechanical or aerospace areas, and who are interested in advanced imaging and therapy methods and techniques.