Academic Profile : Faculty

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Prof James Wang
Professor (Practice), School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Dr. James Wang has held several executive leadership positions, and has more than 30 years of experience in aerospace, helicopters, defense and high-tech industries. Dr. Wang is an internationally renowned expert in helicopter and eVTOL aircraft design.

He received his bachelor degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. , and Masters and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland Advanced Rotorcraft Center.

After completing his PhD, Dr. Wang started his career at Sikorsky Aircraft, where he was known as one of the most energetic and prolific engineers and managers; he contributed greatly to the Comanche, Black Hawk, Naval Hawk, S-92, and the Variable Diameter Tiltrotor programs.

Dr. Wang has the rare talent to combine technical knowledge with business thinking, and bringing people to collaborate to achieve a common goal. At Sikorsky Aircraft, Dr. Wang transitioned from engineering to leading strategic business campaigns. His commitment and astute leadership led to the successful winning of two of the largest international helicopter sales contracts in history, each worth over one billion dollars. Dr. Wang also has a Master degree from the M.I.T. Sloan Business School, and an Executive Business Training Diploma from the London Imperial College Business School.

In 2007, Dr. Wang joined AgustaWestland as the Vice President of Research & Development, reporting directly to the CEO. Dr. Wang created a comprehensive technology roadmap and initiated many pioneering research. He established three University Research Centers in Europe and one Think Tank in Japan. In 2015, Dr. Wang was promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing, responsible for the global marketing strategy of all AgustaWestland helicopter products at Leonardo Helicopters. He served 7 years as a board member on the EU sponsored 2 billion Euros CleanSky programs.

Dr. Wang was invited to teach courses and give lectures in US, Europe, Australia and Asia, and he has written over 40 technical papers. He holds six patents and major international awards, including Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, UTC Gold Mead Award, AHS Fellow, AHS Grover Bell Award, M.I.T. Luis de Florez Award, NASA Research Award, Italian National Innovation Grand Prize, and the Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Team Award. In 2013, WIRED Magazine named Dr. Wang “the Steve Jobs of Rotorcraft” for his ability to think “outside the box” and pushing the transportation technology boundaries by inventing and designing the AgustaWestland Project Zero, the world’s first all-electric VTOL technology demonstrator aircraft.
Dr. James Wang's current research interests include design and manufacture of electric and hybrid-electric VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft and vehicles, UAV, drones, and rotorcraft/helicopters, in particular on innovative architectures and enabling technologies. The enabling technologies include electric propulsion systems, electric motors, power generation, high energy density rechargeable batteries, light weight structure, thermo plastic manufacturing, lean manufacturing, autonomous control, advance control laws.

In addition, Dr. Wang's research interest include formulation of technology roadmap and strategy, business and marketing strategy, creating entrepreneurial startups, and exploitation of disruptive technologies for outside-the-box usages.
  • Development of Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) Aircraft in Singapore
  • Development of Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) Aircraft in Singapore (Scientific Advisory Board)
  • Development of Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) Aircraft in Singapore [Renovation & MSO]
  • Multi-disciplinary Design and Development of eVTOL
  • WP 1.1, 2, 4 - Development of Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) Aircraft in Singapore