Bo Cheng Jin

Bo is a senior Ph.D. candidate studying composite materials at the USC Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Since 2012 he has also been a structural engineer at MSC NASTRAN (NASA Structural Analysis) Development. Bo 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, manufacturing, experimental investigation, and computational analysis on high performance aerospace and automotive composite structures. From April to September 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, design, and re-use aerospace-grade composite materials that significantly advanced the sustainability of the aerospace industry.

In June 2016, Bo’s multiscale finite element simulation work on hat-stiffened composite structures won 1st place in the 2016 NASTRAN Simulating Reality International Contest, and will be featured in NASTRAN’s Journal of Simulating Reality. In April 2016, USC recognized Bo Jin with its Phi Kappa Phi, Medallion of Honor for Ph.D. Student Research Achievement, and was honored for his achievement at the USC 35th Academic Honors Convocation by USC President C. L . “Max” Nikias. Previously, USC recognized Bo with its 2015 Medallion of Honor for the University Outstanding Teaching Assistant 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 Center for Excellence in Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching (2012, 2013, and 2014).

Bo is popular among Viterbi engineering students for bringing research experiences into his classroom teaching. From 2008 to 2015, Bo was the sole instructor for the following courses: “Mechanical Engineering Computational Analysis and Design with Numerical Methods (Advanced MATLAB)”, “Engineering Computing with MATLAB”, and “Engineering Mechanics Statics”. He was also the TA, the discussion session teacher, and the recitation session teacher for the following courses: “Aircraft Structural Analysis (Aerospace Structures)”, “Computational Solutions to Engineering Problems (Numerical Methods using MATLAB)”)”, 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 the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching TA Fellows (2013-2015).