Henry T. Yang
Professor and Chancellor
Office of the Chancellor, 5221 Cheadle Hall
Research DescriptionDynamic Systems, Control, and Robotics and Solid Mechanics, Materials, and Structures: Aircraft structures, structural dynamics and control, transonic aeroelasticity, finite elements, composite materials, seismic- and wind-structural control, intelligent manufacturing systems.
BiographyHenry T. Yang is a professor of mechanical engineering, and also the chancellor of UC Santa Barbara. He teaches an undergraduate engineering course in finite element structural analysis each year, and is currently guiding three Ph.D. students with support from National Science Foundation grants. He was formerly the Neil A. Armstrong Distinguished Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University, where he also served as the dean of engineering for ten years, and as director of the Computer Integrated Design, Manufacturing, and Automation Center. Dr. Yang has authored or co-authored more than 170 articles for scientific journals, served as P.I. or co-P.I. for 32 sponsored research grants, guided 54 Ph.D. theses, and received 13 outstanding undergraduate teaching awards, including an honorary distinguished teaching award from UCSB's Academic Senate. His book on finite element structural analysis, published by Prentice-Hall, has been adopted by many universities and has also been published in Japanese and Chinese editions. He has served on scientific advisory boards for various government agencies. He is the current chair of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, and a past chair of the Association of American Universities. He serves on the President’s Committee for the National Medal of Science and the Kavli Foundation board, and is chairman of the board for the Thirty Meter Telescope project. Dr. Yang has received a number of recognitions for his research, teaching, and public service, including the Benjamin Garver Lamme Medal from the American Society of Engineering Education; the 2008 AIAA Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Award; and seven honorary doctorates. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of AIAA, ASEE, and ASME.