NCKU Honorary Professor Vigor Yang (楊威迦) Appointed INAE Academician
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NCKU Honorary Professor Vigor Yang is appointed INAE Academician
NCKU Honorary Professor Vigor Yang (楊威迦), an internationally renowned expert in aerospace propulsion, is appointed as academician by the National Academy of Engineering of India (INAE), established in 1987 for engineering talent cultivation and technology development.
For decades, Yang plays a crucial advisor role to NCKU Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and supported the establishment of ASTRC (the Aerospace Science and Technology Research Center), the laboratory of high-speed wind tunnel and combustion and jet propulsion, and Wong Tsoo Systems Engineering Research Center. Yang was appointed as a NCKU Distinguished Visiting Chair Professor in 2019.
Among his previous awards and recognitions are 2020 Regents Professorship by Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering of Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016 von Karman Lectureship in Astronautics Award, the 2014 Worcester Reed Warner Medal, and a 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Joint Army, Navy, NASA and Air Force Interagency Propulsion Committee. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Yang earned his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1984. After serving for one year as a research fellow in Jet Propulsion at Caltech, he joined the Pennsylvania State University in August 1985, becoming the John L. and Genevieve H. McCain Chair in Engineering in 2006. In 2009, he began his tenure as the William R.T. Oakes Professor Chair at the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Tech. He retired from the chair position and returned to teaching and research in August of 2018.
Yang’s research encompasses a wide spectrum of topics, including (1) data-enabled design and data science; (2) combustion dynamics in propulsion and power-generation systems;(3) multi-fidelity modeling and simulations of fluid flows and combustion; (4) combustion of energetic materials; (5) high-pressure transport phenomena, thermodynamics and combustion, and (6) nano technologies for propulsion and energetic applications. He has established, as the principal or co-principal investigator, more than 70 research projects, including nine (9) DoD-MURI projects.
Yang has published 10 comprehensive volumes and numerous technical papers on combustion, propulsion, energetics, and data science. He was the recipient of the Air-Breathing Propulsion Award (2005), the Pendray Aerospace Literature Award (2008), the Propellants and Combustion Award (2009), and the von Karman Lectureship in Astronautics Award (2016) from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA); the Worcester Reed Warner Medal (2014) from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); and the Lifetime Achievement Award (2014) from the Joint Army, Navy, NASA, and Air Force (JANNAF) Interagency Propulsion Committee.
Yang was the editor-in-chief of the AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power (2001-2009) and the JANNAF Journal of Propulsion and Energetics (2009-2012). He is currently a co-editor of the Aerospace Book Series of the Cambridge University Press (2010-). He serves, or has served, on various steering committees and review/advisory boards for government agencies and universities in the U.S. and abroad. A member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and an academician of Academia Sinica, Dr. Yang is a fellow of the AIAA, ASME, and Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).
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