Henry T. Yang

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Yang as Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Barbara

Henry Tzu-Yow Yang (Chinese: 楊祖佑; pinyin: Yáng Zǔyòu) has served as the chancellor of the University of California, Santa Barbara since 1994. 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. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from National Taiwan University, a master's degree in structural engineering from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in structural engineering from Cornell University, as well as honorary doctorates from Purdue University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, National Taiwan University, City University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, West Virginia University, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is a recipient of the Benjamin Garver Lamme Medal from the American Society of Engineering Education and the 2008 Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Yang has served on scientific advisory boards for the Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, NASA, and the National Academy of Engineering. 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.

Yang specializes in aerospace structures, structural dynamics, composite materials, finite elements, transonic aeroelasticity, wind and earthquake structural engineering, and intelligent manufacturing systems. He has authored or co-authored 170 articles for scientific journals, as well as a widely used textbook on finite element structural analysis. He has guided 54 Ph.D. and 20 M.S. recipients. In addition to his role as chancellor, he is also a professor of mechanical engineering at UC Santa Barbara, and continues to teach an undergraduate engineering course each year. He is currently supervising three Ph.D. students with support from National Science Foundation grants. He is also a co-principal investigator for the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program of the University of California.


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Barbara Uehling
Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Barbara