UCSB Engineering

Henry T. Yang

UCSB Chancellor and Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Henry T. Yang


Office of the Chancellor, 5221 Cheadle Hall
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2030

tel: (805) 893-2231
fax: (805) 893-8717

Personal web site

Research Description

Dynamic 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.


Henry 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 180 articles for scientific journals, served as P.I. or co-P.I. for 37 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.


  • National Academy of Engineering; Fellow of AIAA, ASEE, and ASME


  • AIAA Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award, 2008
  • National Academy of Engineering, 1991
  • Neil A. Armstrong Distinguished Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, 1988-1994
  • 13 outstanding undergraduate teaching awards
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Fellow
  • American Society of Engineering Education Fellow
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow
  • Benjamin Garver Lamme Gold Medal, American Society of Engineering Education
  • Centennial Medal, American Society of Engineering Education
  • Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award, Purdue University
  • Seven honorary doctorates
  • U.S. Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award

Selected Publications

  • Bio-inspired passive actuator for simulating an abalone shell mechanism for structural control, Smart Materials Structures, vol. 19, no. 10, 2010, H.T.Y. Yang, C.-H. Lin, D. Bridges, C.J. Randall, and P.K. Hansma, web link
  • Detection of changes in global structural stiffness coefficients using acceleration feedback, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, vol. 136, no. 9, 2010, 1187-1191, N. Sebastijanovic, H.T.Y. Yang, and T.-W. Ma, web link
  • Improved decentralized method for control of building structures under seismic excitation, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, vol. 136, no. 5, 2010, 662-673, T.-W. Ma, J. Johansen, N.-S. Xu, and H.T.Y. Yang, web link
  • Analysis of severe plastic deformation by large strain extrusion machining, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, vol. 39, no. 11, 2008, 2645-2655, M. Sevier, H. Yang, W. Moscoso, and S. Chandrasekar, web link
  • Panel flutter detection and control using eigenvector orientation and piezoelectric layers, AIAA Journal, vol. 45, no. 1, 2007, 118-127, N. Sebastijanovic, T.-W. Ma, and H.T.Y. Yang, web link
  • Severe plastic deformation by machining characterized by finite element simulation, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B, vol. 38, no. 6, 2007, 927-938, M. Sevier, H.T. Y. Yang, S. Lee, and S. Chandrasekar, web link
  • Deformation mechanics associated with formation of ultra-fine grained chips in machining, Materials Science Forum, vols. 503-504, 2006, 379-384, M. Sevier, S. Lee, M.R. Shankar, H.T.Y. Yang, S. Chandrasekar, and W.D. Compton, web link
  • Sampled data feedback-feedforward control of structures with time delays, Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, vol. 132, no. 7, 2006, 1129-1138, T.-W. Ma and H.T.Y. Yang, web link
  • Improvement and assessment of neural networks for structural response prediction and control, Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, vol. 131, no. 5, 2005, 848-850, A.S. Brown, H.T.Y. Yang, and M.S. Wrobleski, web link
  • Finite element structural analysis, Textbook, published by Prentice-Hall and adopted by more than 45 universities, 1986; Chinese edition, 1988; Japanese addition, 1996, 543 pages, T.Y. Yang, web link