Summit Speaker: Henry Yang


University of California, Santa Barbara

Henry T. Yang was named UC Santa Barbara’s fifth chancellor in 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.

Dr. Yang 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 has received a number of recognitions for his research, teaching, and public service, including five honorary doctorates and the Benjamin Garver Lamme gold medal, the highest honor from the American Society of Engineering Education. Most recently he was awarded the 2008 Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

He has served on scientific advisory boards for the Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, NASA, and National Science Foundation. He is currently the chair of the Association of American Universities and the vice chair of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. He also serves on the President’s Committee for the National Medal of Science, the Millennium Technology Prize international selection committee, and the Kavli Foundation board, and is chairman of the board for the Thirty Meter Telescope project. In July 2009 he was appointed to the newly created Commission on the Future of UC, co-chaired by UC Board of Regents Chairman Russell Gould and President Mark Yudof.

Dr. 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 more than 170 articles for scientific journals, as well as a widely used textbook on finite element structural analysis. He has guided 52 Ph.D. recipients and 20 M.S. recipients. He continues to teach an undergraduate engineering course every year, and is currently guiding three Ph.D. students with support from National Science Foundation grants. In 2007 he received an honorary distinguished teaching award from UCSB’s Academic Senate.

He and his wife, Dilling, live on campus. Dilling volunteers her time to the university. In 2001, Henry and Dilling Yang were named honorary alumni of UCSB.

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