Wang named civil engineering student marshal


By Tim Schley

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Yanran Wang has been named the civil engineering student marshal for Penn State’s virtual spring commencement on May 9. She will receive a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering with a minor in engineering mechanics.

College of Engineering student marshals are selected for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to engineering student life.

Jeffrey A. Laman, professor of civil and environmental engineering, will be Wang’s faculty marshal, an honor chosen by Wang because of Laman’s mentorship and guidance.

“Yanran Wang is among the strongest, most dedicated and driven students I have worked with in my 25 years at Penn State,” Laman said. “Ms. Wang is a model student who brings out the best in her peers, challenging them to reach their full potential.”

Wang worked as a lab assistant with Bernhard R. Tittmann, Schell Professor Emeritus in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, to produce the spray on sol-gel piezoelectric ceramic transducers. She also participated as a research assistant with Michael Hillman, L. Robert and Mary L. Kimball Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, to develop large deformation simulations using meshfree numerical methods.

While attending Penn State, Wang received the Robert M. Hontz Jr. and Judith C. Hontz Award and was on the Dean’s List every semester.

Wang is the daughter of Junsheng Wang and Xiaoquin Liu. She is a 2011 graduate from Yangzhou High School of Jiangsu Province in Yangzhou, China.

After graduation, Wang will be attending graduate school at Penn State.


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