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Julian Wang

Associate Professor


  • Architectural Engineering
  • Materials Research Institute

219 Engineering Unit A


Research Website

Research Areas:

Building Illumination Systems

Interest Areas:

Lighting and daylighting, building envelopes, smart materials, healthcare design, bio-inspired design, individualized comfort, data sensing and processing for sustainable built environment, BIM parametric methods, outdoor lighting.




  • BE, Architectural Engineering, Yantai University, 2003
  • ME, Architecture/Building Technology, Tianjin University, 2006
  • Dr. Eng., Building Physics, Tianjin University, 2011
  • PGCert, Healthcare Systems and Design, Texas A&M University Colleges of Architecture and Medicine, 2013
  • Ph.D., Architecture/Building Technology, Texas A&M University, 2014


Journal Articles

  • Y. Lv, J. Wang, J. Wang, C. Xiong, L. Zou, L. Li and D. Li, 2020, "Steel corrosion prediction based on support vector machines", Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, 136, pp. 109807
  • W. Weidong, Q. Duan, Y. Feng, Y. Lv, J. Wang and Q. Meng, 2020, "Constructing prototypical building models based on the similarity theory coupled with entropy weight method", Science and Technology for the Built Environment, 26, (2), pp. 90-100
  • Y. Feng and J. Wang, 2020, "Design and development of a low-cost glazing measurement system", MethodsX
  • Y. Feng, Q. Duan, J. Wang and S. Baur, 2020, "Approximation of building window properties using in situ measurements", Building and Environment, 169, pp. 106590
  • Y. Shen, E. Zhang, Y. Feng, S. Liu and J. Wang, 2020, "Parameterizing the curvilinear roofs of traditional Chinese architecture", Nexus Network Journal
  • Q. Duan, Y. Feng, E. Zhang, Y. Song, J. Wang and S. Niu, 2020, "Solar infrared radiation towards building energy efficiency: Measurement, data, and modeling", Environmental Reviews
  • Qiuhua Duan, Yuan Zhao and Julian Wang, 2020, "Thermal performance and condensation risk of single-pane glazing with low emissivity coatings", MRS Advances, pp. 1-10
  • Julian Wang, 2019, "Data in architecture: structure and context", Technology Architecture and Design, 3, (2), pp. 128-129
  • Q. Duan and J. Wang, 2019, "A parametric study of the combined effects of window property and air vent placement", Indoor and Built Environment, 28, (3), pp. 345--361
  • K. Isiugo, R. Jandarov, J. Cox, S. Chillrud, S. A Grinshpun, M. Hyttinen, M. Yermakov, J. Wang, J. Ross and T. Reponen, 2019, "Predicting indoor concentrations of black carbon in residential environments", Atmospheric environment, 201, pp. 223--230
  • J. Li, Q. Duan, E. Zhang and J. Wang, 2018, "Applications of shape memory polymers in kinetic buildings", Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, 2018
  • M. Liu, C. Sun, B. Zhang, J. Wang, Q. Duan and L. Lv, 2018, "Optimized operation of an existing public building chilled station using TRNSYS", Buildings, 8, (7), pp. 87
  • Jing Li, Mengnan Qi, Qiuhua Duan, Lei Huo and Julian Wang, 2018, "Towards pedestrian microclimatic comfort: A rapid prediction model for street winds and pedestrian thermal sensation", Nano Life, 8, (02), pp. 1840006
  • Julian Wang and Donglu Shi, 2017, "Spectral selective and photothermal nano structured thin films for energy efficient windows", Applied Energy, 208, pp. 83-96
  • Julian Wang and Liliana Beltran, 2016, "A method of energy simulation for dynamic building envelopes", IBPSA-USA Journal, 6, (1)
  • Y. Song, J. Li, J. Wang, S. Hao, N. Zhu and Z. Lin, 2015, "Multi-criteria approach to passive space design in buildings: Impact of courtyard spaces on public buildings in cold climates", Building and Environment, 89, pp. 295--307
  • Yehao Song, Julian Wang, Luisa Caldas, Ning Zhu and Zhenghao Lin, 2014, "Indoor comfort and energy saving: Building performance created by envelope materials (Chinese)", Time + Architecture, (3), pp. 77--81
  • Y. Song, Julian Wang, S. Hao and Yilin Song, 2014, "The energy-related impacts of social factors of rural houses in southwest China", Energy Procedia, 57, pp. 1555--1564
  • Y. Song, J. Wang and N. Zhu, 2013, "Passive design strategy of green buildings in China (Chinese)", Architectural Journal, (7), pp. 94--99
  • Julian Wang, 2011, "Application and evaluation of the HDR technique for analyzing museum lighting environment (Chinese)", China Illuminating Engineering Journal, 22, (5), pp. 68--73
  • Julian Wang, 2010, "Application of high dynamic range photography for building daylighting design (Chinese)", Architectural Journal
  • Julian Wang, 2006, "Influence factor analysis on street lighting safety based on driver visual features (Chinese)", Building Electricity, 25, (1), pp. 33-35

Conference Proceedings

  • H. Howard Fan, Anusha Kilari, Krishna Karthik Vemuri, Isaac Daffron, Julian Wang and Vijayavignesh Ramamurthy, 2019, "Indoor location for emergency responders using LTE D2D communications waveform", 2498, pp. 347-354
  • N. Kioumarsi and J. Wang, 2018, "Reflecting energy use patterns and lifestyles in home using data mining techniques"
  • Y. Feng and Julian Wang, 2018, "Simplified sensing and in-situ measuring approach for building window properties"
  • A. Alkenaidari and J. Wang, 2018, "A growing economic challenge: Findings from a survey on building energy efficiency in SA"
  • J. Tian, J. Wang and P Bhiwapurkar, 2018, "A review on effect of overheating in dwellings on human health"
  • Q. Duan, J. Wang and H. Zhao, 2017, "Airflow pattern and thermal comfort in winter by different combinations of air distribution strategies and window types in an office unit"
  • J. Wang and L. Beltran, 2016, "Energy performance of future dynamic building envelopes"
  • J. Wang, L. Caldas, D Chakraborty and L. Huo, 2016, "Selection of energy efficient windows for hot climates using genetic algorithms optimization", 1, pp. 29--34
  • Julian Wang, Luisa Caldas, Lei Huo and Yehao Song, 2016, "Simulation-based optimization on window properties based on existing products"
  • J. Wang, L. Beltran and J. Kim, 2014, "A parametric simulation study on kinetic envelopes", 1, pp. 1254--1258
  • Y. Song, S. Hao, G. Zhang, Z. Lin, N. Zhu and J. Wang, 2014, "Design strategies on heat recovery of cooking stove in rural houses of China"
  • Y. Song, J. Wang, S. Hao, N. Zhu and J. Li, 2014, "Thermographic study on thermal performance of rural houses in southwest China"
  • Y. Song, S. Hao, Julian Wang and J. Li, 2012, "A comparative investigation on sustainable strategies of vernacular vuildings and modern buildings in southwest China"
  • J. Kim, L. Beltran and J. Wang, 2012, "A review of daylighting qualities in two assisted living facilities in a hot and humid climate.", 5, pp. 3577-3583
  • Julian Wang, L. Beltran and Jonghoon Kim, 2012, "From static to kinetic: a review of acclimated kinetic building envelopes", Solar 2012 ASES Conference
  • Julian Wang and Jing Li, 2010, "Bio-inspired kinetic envelopes for building energy efficiency based on parametric design of building information modeling", pp. 1--4
  • J. Wang, J. Li, X. Chen and Z. Lv, 2010, "Developing indoor air quality through healthcare and sustainable parametric method", pp. 1--4
  • Y. Zhang, J. Wang and J. Ma, 2007, "Experiments and researches of reading lighting for the elderly"


  • Julian Wang, 2011, "Biomimicry, Kinetic, Sustainability (Chinese)"

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • NSF CAREER, National Science Foundation, 2019
  • ASLA Professional Award (Sustainable Technology), American Society of Landscape Architects, 2019
  • Richard Kelly Award, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, 2017
  • EPA P3 (2017 Phase II), EPA / National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet, 2017
  • OGAPS Dissertation Award, Texas A&M University, 2013
  • ThinkSwiss Research Fellow, The Embassy of Switzerland in the U.S., 2009


Service to Penn State:

Service to External Organizations:

  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Chair, American Solar Energy Society, August 2020
  • Other, Board Member, journal of TAD (Technology, Architecture and Design), 2017



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