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2014-03-11
New Departmental Overseas Advisory Member

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has the honor to have Prof. Vigor Yang, William R.T. Oakes Professor and Chairman of The Daniel Guggenheum School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, to serve as a member on the Departmental Advisory Committee for a term of two years until 31 August 2015.

Prof. Vigor Yang received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1985. Prior to joining Georgia Tech in 2009, he was the John L. and Genevieve H. McCain Chair in Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. His research interests cover a wide spectrum of topical areas focusing on combustion, energy, and chemical propulsion. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 technical papers and has published 10 comprehensive volumes in the areas of combustion, propulsion, and energetics. He was the recipient of the Penn State Engineering Society Outstanding Teaching and Premier Research Awards, and several publication and technical awards from AIAA, including the Air-Breathing Propulsion (2005), Pendray Aerospace Literature (2008), and Propellant & Combustion (2009) Awards.

Dr. Yang was the Editor-in-Chief of the AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power (2000-2009). He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the JANNAF Journal of Propulsion and Energetics (2009-), and a co-editor of the Aerospace Book Series of the Cambridge University Press (2010-). In addition, he has served or serves on the editorial advisory boards of virtually all major journals in aerospace propulsion and power, combustion, and energetics. He has been a consultant to many U.S. rocket and airbreathing propulsion companies as well as government organizations. A Fellow of AIAA and ASME, Dr. Yang is the Vice President for Publications of AIAA (2012-2015).

The Advisory Committee plays an important role as an interface between the University and industry, commerce, the service sectors and the community at large.  The Advisory Committee would give advice on the scope and nature of the Department’s academic programmes, research and other activities in order to relate these to the needs of the students and the community.