Bo Cheng Jin

Bo is a senior Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and conducts his Ph.D. research at the USC M.C. Gill Composites Center in the department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. His work focuses on design, process manufacturing, experimental investigation, and computational analysis on high performance advanced composites and structures for aerospace, automotive, and constructional applications. In 2015, Bo was a visiting scholar at IMDEA Materials (the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies of Materials in Spain) where he played a key role in the innovative efforts to develop the Composite Oriented Strand Board (COSB), a material resulted from optimal design and reusing aerospace-grade carbon fiber polymer composites. Bo’s research on COSBs has not only brought USC the third place on a national Ph.D. research competition, but has also significantly advanced the sustainability of the aerospace industry. Since 2012 Bo has been an FEA Engineer at MSC NASTRAN (NASA Structural Analysis) Development, at where the computational algorithms and analytical solutions he has developed, including the higher order abstract structural element (HOASE) method and the Superelement, were widely used by aerospace industries such as Boeing Company and NextGen Aeronautics Corporation.

In 2016, Bo represented U.S. and won the 1st place in the prestigious 2016 NASTRAN Simulating Reality International Contest, where he defeated teams from 8 other countries in the finalist. As a result, his research work on multiscale FEA simulation and characterization of aerospace hat-stiffened composite structures was featured in the 2016 NASTRAN Journal of Simulating Reality. USC recognized Bo Jin with its 2016 Presidential Medallion of Honor for the Phi Kappa Phi Ph.D. Student Research Achievement Award, and Bo was honored by USC President C. L. Max Nikias at the USC 35th Academic Honors Convocation. Previously, USC recognized Bo with its 2015 Presidential Medallion of Honor for the University Outstanding Teaching Award (2015), USC Diploma in Innovation Research Fund (2013), Academic Professional Development Research Fund (2012), USC AME Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award (2014), and the USC Award for Excellence in Teaching for three consecutive years (2012, 2013, and 2014).

Bo is popular among USC Viterbi engineering students for bringing research experiences into his classroom teaching. From 2008 to 2017, Bo was the sole instructor for the following courses: “Aerospace Structures”, “Mechanical Behavior of Materials”, “Engineering Mechanics”, “Engineering Computing”, “Numerical Methods”, and “Introduction to Computational Methods using MATLAB”. Before joining USC, Bo was a research assistant and course lecturer at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where he received his M.S. degree in computational mechanics. Bo has lived and studied in Asia, Europe, and the United States. During his time at USC, he served as the Vice President (2012-2013) of USC Chinese Students and Scholars Association (USC CSSA), and as the Chair of TA Fellows at the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching (2013-2015).