Yonggang Huang

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Yonggang Huang
Born2 November 1962 (1962-11-02) (age 56)
Beijing, China
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materPeking University, Harvard University
Known forMechanics of materials and structures across multiple scales
Mechanics of stretchable and dissolvable electronics
AwardsDrucker Medal (2013),
Nadai Medal[1] (2016),
Prager Medal (2017)
Scientific career
FieldsMechanics of materials and structures
InstitutionsUniversity of Arizona
Michigan Technological University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Northwestern University

Yonggang Huang (Chinese: 黄永刚; born 1962) is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Engineering at Northwestern University.

Education and career[edit]

Yonggang Huang received his BS degree in mechanics from Peking University in 1984. He moved to the United States to study engineering science in 1986, and earned his ScM and PhD degrees in engineering science from Harvard University in 1987 and 1990, respectively. He stayed at Harvard as a post-doctoral fellow for one year, and joined the University of Arizona as an assistant professor in 1991. He moved to Michigan Technological University as an associate professor in 1995, and to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1998. He was promoted to full professor in 2001, Grayce Wicall Gauthier Professor in 2003, and Shao Lee Soo Professor in 2004, at UIUC. He joined Northwestern University as the Joseph Cummings Professor in 2007, and has been the Walter P. Murphy Professor since 2015.

Research interests[edit]

Huang has been working on mechanics of materials and structures across multiple scales, such as the mechanism-based strain gradient plasticity theory, and atomistic-based continuum theory for carbon nanotubes. In recent years he has focused on mechanics and thermal analysis of stretchable and dissolvable electronics with applications to energy harvesting and medicine, and mechanically guided, deterministic 3D assembly. His work on the electronic tattoos[2] has been reported by NBC Learn (the education arm of NBC).

Service to the academic societies[edit]

Since 2011, he has been the editor-in-chief of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters.[3]

Huang is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Mechanics (Transactions of ASME),[4] and has transformed the journal to be the fastest one in mechanics. For example, among all papers submitted in 2017, the average time from submission to final decision (i.e., reject or accept) is less than 16 days, which include the time for review and the time for the authors’ revision (if needed).

He was the president of the Society of Engineering Sciences (2014),[5] and a member of the Awards Committee (2016-2018) and Nomination Committee (2016-2018) of the Engineering Mechanics Institute,[6] American Society of Civil Engineers, and is the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Applied Mechanics Division, ASME (2015-2020), and a member of the US National Committee of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (2018-2022).

Honors and awards[edit]

Yonggang Huang has been honored with many recognitions for his research in mechanics and mechanical engineering including the Gustus L. Larson Award[7] from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2003, George W. Melville Medal[8] from ASME in 2004, Young Investigator Medal[9] from the Society of Engineering Sciences (SES) in 2006, International Journal of Plasticity Medal in 2007, the Guggenheim Fellowship[10] from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2008, Highly Cited Researcher in Engineering[11] from Thomson Reuters and Honorary Professor from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 2009, Charles Russ Richards Award[12] from ASME in 2010, Daniel C. Drucker Medal[13] from ASME in 2013, Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science from Thomson Reuters[14] since 2014, Honorary Professor from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2014, Honorary Professor from Southwest Jiaotong University in 2015, Nadai Medal[1] from ASME and Honorary Professors from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, and Nanjing Tech University in 2016, Prager Medal[15] from SES and Honorary Professor from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2017, Bazant Medal[16] from American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Highly Cited Researcher in Physics, and Honorary Professors from Xiangtan University and Beihang University in 2018. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts[17], a member of US National Academy of Engineering, a foreign member of Academia Europaea[18] and a foreign member of Chinese Academy of Sciences[19]. His recognitions for undergraduate teaching and advising include the Most Supportive Junior Faculty Member from the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona in 1993; On the list of “Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students” in Spring 2003, Spring and Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Fall 2006, and Spring 2007, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising from the College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007; Cole-Higgins Award for Excellence in Teaching, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University in 2016; and Associated Student Government Faculty and Administrator Honor Roll, Northwestern University, 2018-2019.


Professor Huang is the author of over 500 publications in international journals, including journals in multiple fields such as mechanics (46 papers in the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids), electronics (2 in Nature Electronics), materials (16 in Advanced Materials, 9 in Nature Materials and 1 in Nature Reviews Materials), medicine (1 each in CELL, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Medicine and Nature Neuroscience, 4 in Science Translational Medicine and 3 in Nature Biomedical Engineering), nanotechnology (10 in ACS Nano, 8 in Nano Letters and 2 in Nature Nanotechnology), physics (2 in Physical Review Letters), and multidisplinary journals (9 in Science, 6 in Science Advances, 4 in Nature, 12 in Nature Communications, and 15 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America).


  1. ^ a b "Nadai Medal". 2016.
  2. ^ "electronic tattoos".
  3. ^ "Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters".
  4. ^ "Journal of Applied Mechanics".
  5. ^ "Society of Engineering Sciences".
  6. ^ "EMI".
  7. ^ "Gustus L. Larson Award". 2003.
  8. ^ "George W. Melvile Medal". 2004.
  9. ^ "Young Investigator Medal". 2006.
  10. ^ "Guggenheim Fellowship". 2008.
  11. ^ "ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Engineering". 2009. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013.
  12. ^ "Charles Russ Richards Award". 2010.
  13. ^ "Daniel C. Drucker Medal". 2013.
  14. ^ "Highly Cited Researcher".
  15. ^ "Prager Medal 2017".
  16. ^ "Bazant Medal".
  17. ^ "European Academy of Sciences and Arts". 2011.
  18. ^ "Academia Europaea".
  19. ^ "关于公布2017年中国科学院院士增选当选院士名单的公告" (in Chinese). Chinese Academy of Sciences. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2018-06-17.