Photo by: Kimberly Kavish
Profession (s): Professor of Engineering and University Chancellor
Education: B.S., Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, 1962; M.S., Structural Engineering, West Virginia University, 1965; Ph.D., Structural Engineering, Cornell University, 1969
• Neil A. Armstrong Distinguished Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, 1988-1994
• Elected member of National Academy of Engineering, 1991
• Elected member of Academia Sinica, 1992
• Benjamin Garver Lamme Award, American Society of Engineering Education, 1998
• Honorary doctorates from City University of Hong Kong (2005), National Taiwan University (2004), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2002), and Purdue University (1996)
During Chancellor Yang’s tenure since 1994, UC Santa Barbara faculty members have won five Nobel Prizes (one in 1998, two in 2000, and two in 2004), a National Humanities Medal (1997), a National Technology Medal (1999), and a Millennium Technology Prize (2006). The campus’s distinguished 900-member faculty also includes a Fields medalist, numerous Guggenheim and Fulbright fellows, and scores of elected members or fellows of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1995 the campus was elected to the prestigious Association of American Universities.
Dr. Yang has served on scientific advisory boards for the Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, NASA, and the National Science Foundation. He is currently serving as the chairman of the board for the Thirty Meter Telescope project. He is also a member of the Kavli Foundation board, Millennium Technology Prize selection committee, Association of Pacific Rim Universities steering committee, Association of American Universities executive committee, Singapore Ministry of Education international academic advisory panel, and Ho Leung Ho Lee Prize selection board.
Publications/Patents: His book Finite Element Structural Analysis has been translated into Japanese and Chinese. He has published more than 170 articles in scientific journals with the 52 Ph.D. students he has supervised.