SHAN Xiaowen
Chair Professor
Fellow of the American Physical Society

Brief Summary
Dr. Shan received his BS and MS degrees from Beijing University in 1985 and 1988, his Ph. D. degree from Dartmouth College in 1991. From 1991 to 1998 he worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, first as a postdoc fellow and then a research staff. From 1998 to 2005 he was a software engineer at Microsoft Corp., and from 2005 to 2012 a Senior Director at Exa Corporation. In 2012 he joined Commercial Aircraft Company of China (COMAC) as Director for Aerodynamics in COMAC’s Beijing Research Center. Since 2016 he has assumed his current position at SUSTech. Dr. Shan is best known for the Shan-Chen non-ideal gas lattice Boltzmann model. His work in establishing the connection between lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) and classic kinetic theory laid a concrete foundation for the modern development of LBM, for which he was elected a Fellow of American Physical Society in 2009. At COMAC, Dr. Shan’s research interest is mainly around aerodynamics and aircraft design. He led the preliminary research and design for China’s lnext generation ong-range wide-body commercial aircraft. Dr. Shan published more than 60 research papers, which accumulated 7000+ citations, and is the holder of four US patents.


Ph.D. 1988-1991 Physics Dartmouth College, USA
MSc 1985-1988 Fluid Mechanics Peking University, China
BSc 1981-1985 Mechanics Peking University, China


Professional Experience
2016- Dept. Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering, SUSTechChair Professor, Department Head
2012- BASTRI, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC)Director2005-2012EXA Corp.Senior Director
1998-2005 Microsoft Corp. Software Development Engineer
1994-1998 US Air force Research Laboratory Physicist
1997-1998 Exxon Research and Engineering CompanyConsultant
1995-1998 Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National LaboratoryTechnical Staff Member
1991-1995 Dept. Physics, Dartmouth College Senior Research Associate