Yang Jiao will join the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy as assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering in 2013. Currently, he is a postdoctoral research associate at the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials at Princeton University.
Jiao is focused on using computer simulation to develop important linkages between the structure and properties of materials. His research includes multiscale modeling of complex materials, particle modeling, granular materials and colloidal systems.
The knowledge about the properties and microstructure of materials gained through Jiao’s research will aid in the design of novel materials for structural engineering, aerospace, energy and biomedical applications.
“We are ecstatic that Yang is coming to ASU. This was a national search that received a tremendous response. Yang was our top candidate,” says Nik Chawla, Fulton Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, who chaired the search committee. “He brings unique capabilities in constructing virtual microstructures which will enable us on the experimental side to tailor materials with the desired characteristics. His research is particularly applicable to a major thrust of the Security and Defense Systems Initiative focusing on materials characterization and multiscale simulations.”
“Yang’s work has the potential for major breakthroughs in very diverse areas, from the development of new approaches to designing and characterizing multi-functional composite materials to foundational studies that will advance our understanding of the self-organization of cells,” says Kyle Squires, professor and director of the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy. “His research will add important new dimensions to foundational SEMTE strengths in mechanics and applications in energy and medicine.”
Jiao holds a B.E. in mechanics from Peking University and a Ph.D. in materials from Princeton University.