Henry T. Yang joined UC Santa Barbara as chancellor in 1994. He also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, where he teaches an undergraduate course in structural analysis each year and guides several graduate students with support from the National Science Foundation. 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. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University.
In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Yang has remained active in teaching and research. He has authored and co-authored more than 170 articles for scientific journals, served as principal or co-principal investigator for 36 sponsored research grants, 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.
Dr. Yang has served on numerous governmental, corporate, and academic committees and advisory boards, such as the Defense Science Board, USAF Scientific Advisory Board, Naval Research Advisory Committee, NASA’s Aeronautical Advisory Committee, and the Engineering Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation. He is a past chair of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities and 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.
He has received many honors and awards for his research, teaching and service, including seven honorary doctorates and the Benjamin Garver Lamme Medal from the American Society of Engineering Education. In 2008 he received the Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He 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.