Dr. Xiaohong (Sophie) Wang's Research


Research interests

Software engineering, computer science education, scientific computation, programming languages.


Funded projects and activities

  • 2020-2022: NSF grant with Maryland Research and Education Network (MDREN) Grant: CCC* Regional: Advancing Maryland Research and Education Network for Under-Resourced Institutions Through a Science DMZ and 10Gbps Upgrade from NSF. $799,767 (https://www.mdren.net/?p=1386)

  • 2019-2020: Maryland Center for Computing Education Pre-service Grant: Computing Readiness for the Eastern Shore Teachers (CREST).

  • 2016-2018: Maryland Seat Grant: Improving Prediction and Visualization of Coastal Inundation on the Eastern  Shore of Maryland

  • 2014-2016: NOAA: Integrated Rapid-Response Observations and Ocean Ensemble Optimization to Improve Storm Intensity Forecasts in the Northeast U.S.  $80,959.00.

  • 2012: Salisbury University Faculty Mini-Grant with Dr. Harel Barzilai. The title of the research project is "Partnering with Maryland Schools to Pilot Concept-based Online Math Tutorials"

  • 2009-2010: NSF funded project - Bridges for SUCCESS Curriculum Coordination Project. The objectives of the project is to increase the total number of graduates in selected STEM disciplines by 75% within five years by increasing the number of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science, and new earth science graduates.

  • 2002: Welcome Fellowship $20,000 from Maryland Higher Education Commission

  • Selected publications and presentations


    • Li, M., F. Zhang, S. Barnes and X. Wang, 2020:"Assessing Storm Surge Impacts on Coastal Inundation due to Climate Change: Case Studies on Baltimore and Dorchester County in Maryland", Natural Hazards.


    • Li, M., F. Zhang, Y. Guo and X. Wang, 2020: “Probabilistic projections of high tide flooding for the State of Maryland in the 21st century.” Book chapter in Evaluating Climate Change Impacts, edited by Lyubchich Gel, Kilbourne, Miller, Newlands and Smith. Chapman and Hall/CRC. ISBN 9780815392378, 71-94.


    • Li, M., F. Zhang, S. Barnes and X. Wang, 2018: "Impacts of sea level rise and ocean warming on storm surge and coastal inundation in the mid and late 21st century". American Geophysical Union fall meeting, Washington, D. C.


    • Li, M., X. Wang and J. Peng, 2014: “Predicting and Visualizing Storm Surges and Coastal Inundation: a Case Study from Maryland, U.S.A.” Book chapter in Remote Sensing of Typhoon Impacts and Crisis Management, edited by Dangling Tang and Guangjun Sui, Springer, ISBN, 978—642-40694-2, 11-147.


    • Wang, X., R. Wan, H. Vernon, M. Thorne, and J. Barger, 2013: “Experimenting an Implementation-focused Approach to Undergraduate Compiler Course”, International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies, 2014 Vol.5, No.1, pp.69-81.

    • Wang, X. and H. Barzilai, 2013: “Incorporating Concept-based Pedagogy into K-8 Online Mathematics tutorials”,  International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies, 2013 Vol.4, No.1, pp.70-82.

    • Wang, X. and J. Souders, 2011: “Improving Debugging Education through Applied Learning”, The Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, Vol. 27, No. 3, January, 2012, 138-145.

    • Wang, X., 2010: “Teaching Programming Skills through Learner-Centered Technical Reviews for Novice Programmers” Software Quality Professional, Vol. 13, No. 1, December 2010, 22-28.

    • Wang, X. and J. Fyfe, 2000: “Onset of planetary wave breaking in a model of the polar stratospheric vortex”. Journal of the Atmospheric Science, 57, 956-966;

    • Fyfe, J. and X. Wang, 1997: “Upper-boundary effects in a Contour Dynamics/Surgery model of the polar stratospheric vortex”. Atmosphere-Ocean, 35(2), 189-207;

    • Danard, M. and X. Wang, 1996: “Numerical integration of a linear barotropic model using three methods of treating meteorological and gravitational modes separately”. Meteorol. Atmos. Phys., 58, 1-11

    • Selected undergraduate research and directed study

      • 2017: Directed Study: Android Development Project (Matt Hoerr and Ryan Dillion)

      • 2015: Undergraduate Research: MATH/CS Website Development  (Rob Close and Mitch Lord)

      • 2014: NSF STEM Summer Undergraduate Research: Real World Applications of Swarm Intelligence Algorithms (with Miracle Chike-Udeagha)

        2013: NSF STEM Summer Undergraduate Research: Building 3D printer (Colleen Moore)

        2012: NSF STEM Summer Undergraduate Research: Exploring Parallel Programming with MapReduce (Cale Bowen)

      • 2012: NSF STEM Summer Undergraduate Research: Exploring Parallel Programming with OpenMP (Sarah Kim)

      • 2012: Undergraduate Research: Android Phone Application Development (Joshua Souders)

      • 2011: NSF STEM Summer Undergraduate Research: Improving Debugging Education through Applied Learning (with Joshua Souders)

      • 2011: NSF STEM Summer Undergraduate Research: Software Enhanced Solutions to Concept-based K-8 Online Math Tutorial (with George Sewell)

      • 2010: Honor’s Thesis: Translator-based Multi-paradigm Programming (Joseph Fowler)

      • 2010: Directed Study: Compiler Optimization (Joseph Fowler)


    • Ph.D and M.Sc thesis

    • 1998: Wang, X., “Onset of Planetary Wave Breaking in a Model of the Polar Stratospheric Vortex”, Doctorial Dissertation, University of Victoria;

    • 1992: Wang, X.,: “Compiling Functional Programming Language Using Class Hierarchies”, Master’s Thesis, University of Victoria.

Last updated on Monday, 04. January 2021 12:56:50 PM by Xiaohong (Sophie) Wang