Section: Teaching Assistant Fellows
Bo Jin

Bo Cheng Jin

Bo is a senior Ph.D. candidate studying complex materials systems at USC Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Bo conducts his research at USC M.C. Gill Composites Center ( in Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. He has also been a Finite Element engineer at MSC NASTRAN (NASA Structural Analysis) Development from 2012 to 2015. His research focuses on design, manufacturing, experimental investigation and computational analysis on high performance complex materials systems for aerospace and automotive applications.

In June 2016, Bo’s multiscale finite element simulation work on hat-stiffened composite structures has won the 1st place of the 2016 NASTRAN Simulating Reality International Contest, and will be featured in NASTRAN’s Journal of Simulating Reality. From April to September 2015, Bo was visiting and developing computational micromechanics projects at IMDEA Materials, the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies of Materials in Spain, where he played a key role in the innovative efforts to design and re-use aerospace-grade composite materials systems and significantly advanced the sustainability of the aerospace industry. In April 2016, USC recognized Bo Jin with its 2016 Medallion of Honor for the PKP Ph.D. Student Research Achievement Award, for which he was honored at the USC 35th Academic Honors Convocation by USC President Dr. 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 USC Award for Excellence in Teaching (2012, 2013, and 2014).

Bo is popular among Viterbi Engineering students for blending research experiences into clear classroom teaching. From 2008 to 2015, Bo was the solo 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 course "Aircraft Structural Analysis (Aerospace Structures)", "Computational Solutions to Engineering Problems (Numerical Methods using MATLAB)" and "Introduction to Computational Methods using MATLAB" respectively. 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 on 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 (2013-2015) of USC Center for Excellence in Teaching (USC CET).