Henry T. Yang was named the chancellor of the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1994. He is also a professor of mechanical engineering, and teaches an undergraduate engineering course each year. He 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.
Dr. Yang has authored or co-authored more than 190 articles for scientific journals, served as P.I. or co-P.I. for 37 sponsored research grants, guided 55 Ph.D. theses, and received 13 outstanding undergraduate teaching awards. His book 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 the Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, NASA, and National Science Foundation. He is a past chair of the Association of American Universities and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, and served two terms on the President’s Committee for the National Medal of Science. He currently chairs the international Thirty Meter Telescope project.
Dr. Yang has received a number of recognitions for his research, teaching, and public service, including eight honorary doctorates; the ASEE Benjamin Garver Lamme Award; the AIAA Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Award; and the 2016 NAE Arthur M. Bueche Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of AIAA, ASEE, and ASME.