Yuan is interested in structural health monitoring, damage tolerance of composite structures, smart materials and structures, fracture & life prediction of advanced materials and structures
Dr. Yuan's long-term goal is to create new and unique innovations in the area of smart structures and to bring these advances into the classroom.
Dr. Yuan is currently developing methods for structural diagnosis and prognosis (involves evaluating remaining life of structures using failure/statistical analysis tools), is developing a wireless sensor that monitors structural integrity, is developing methods for in-situ, mount-ed/embedded sensors for multi-functional composite structures, and is studying bio-inspired morphing technologies for civil, mechanical, and aerospace structures.
Within MAE Dr. Yuan collaborates with Dr. Peters and Dr. Wu.
At the graduate level, Dr. Yuan teaches Structural Health Monitoring (MAE 589). This class exposes students to state-of-the-art sensors and signal processing methods for in in-situ, continual monitoring of the health of structural systems.
At the undergraduate level, Dr. Yuan teaches the Bio-flight option of Aerospace Senior Design (MAE 478 and 479). In this year-long course, students study the different flight principles of birds. They select the feature(s) that can best be translated into human flight, and then build working prototype aircraft that utilize the selected feature(s). The class is also unique in that it brings in the latest research in bio-flight, in particular, understanding of bi-flight resulting from recent studies, and new methods of actuation and sensing tailored to aircraft morphing.
In his research, Dr. Yuan looks for graduate students with a multi-disciplinary background. He trains his students to methodically solve challenging technical problems and his students are drawn to Dr. Yuan's research, in large part, because his research involves making advancements to multi-disciplinary problems that are both challenging and of high societal impact.
Outside of work, Dr. Yuan enjoys travel and chatting with students and friends.
- PhD, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- MS, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- BS, Engineering Science, National Cheng-Kung University
Core Research Area
Dynamics, Vibrations, Controls, and System Design
Courses Taught By Yuan
- MAE 787 -001 —Fall '15 Structural Health Monitoring