Dr. Rongjia Tao

Rongjia Tao

Title: Professor, Physicist, Researcher
Company: Temple University
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Rongjia Tao, Professor, Physicist, and Researcher at Temple University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics research and education.

Dr. Tao immigrated to the United States in 1979, already having earned a Bachelor of Science and working as a researcher in China for several years. Upon his arrival, he studied at Columbia University, earning a Master of Arts in 1980, and a PhD in 1982. He dove back into research work, starting as a research associate for the University of Washington in Seattle. He spent a year in England as a research fellow at the University of Cambridge, returning to the U.S. in 1984 as a research assistant professor for the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Dr. Tao spent four years as an assistant professor of physics at Northeastern University in Boston, then moved to an assistant professor position at Southern Illinois University in 1989, where he eventually became the chairman of the department of physics in 1994.

Continuing his career as an educator, Dr. Tao worked as a visiting professor in the department of physics at Princeton University, then started as a professor of physics at Temple University in 2000. Not long afterward, he found himself traveling across the world once again, in 2002, to work as a foreign professor for Yamagata University in Japan. Dr. Tao started as a consultant for Bridgestone Company in 2002, and in 2016, he became a professor for the Independent Blue Cross Cardiovascular Research Center at Temple University. He continues to hold both professorships at Temple University to this day, in addition to his position with Bridgestone.

Dr. Tao’s extensive career as an educator is far from his only professional achievement—he has been a part of a litany of published works. He has written and co-authored dozens of scientific papers over the course of more than 20 years, and serves as editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Modern Physics B. He is best known for his extensive work in soft metal physics and soft condensement, which has broad applications in the healthcare field for blood circulation and heart problems. He hopes to see more physicists apply themselves to this field, as he believes it will be revolutionary for the treatment of heart attacks and strokes.

As a testament to his stature, expertise, and success as a physicist, professor, and researcher, Dr. Tao boasts a variety of memberships and recognitions. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served as chair for the International Conference on Electrorheological Fluids. Dr. Tao was a grantee of the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation, received the Outstanding Research Award from Temple University in 2014, and also received multiple awards from the American Heart Association in, 2016 and 2018. With a wealth of educational, theoretical, and practical experience, Dr. Tao’s work has helped improve our understanding of the physical world, and will continue to impact our society in the future.

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