Xun Yu received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2006. He then joined the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he worked as an assistant professor from 2006 to 2010 and associate professor from 2010 to 2011. He was an associate professor at the University of North Texas from 2011-2015 before joining New York Tech. Yu’s primary research areas include nanotechnology-based smart materials and smart structures, sensors, actuators and controls. As the principal investigator, he has received external research funding from National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and other agencies. He also led several award-winning national student design competitions and best conference paper competitions.

Recent Projects/Research

  • Airport Pavement Condition Monitoring Using Self-Powered Wireless Active Sensing System, funded by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
  • Highly Stretchable Miniature Strain Sensors, funded by Sandia National Laboratory.
  • Innovative Hearing Loss Prevention Approach for Infant Incubator via Active Acoustic Control, funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Self-sensing concrete pavement, funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),

Publications (selected from over 80 publications)

  • Book:  B. Han, X. Yu, J. Ou, Self-sensing Concrete in Structure Design, ISBN: 978-0128005170, 385 pages, published by Elsevier (imprint by Butterworth-Heinemann), 2014.
  • C. Zhang, X. Yu, L. Alexander, Y. Zhang, R. Rajamani, and N. Garg, “PIEZOELECTRIC ACTIVE SENSING SYSTEM for CRACK DETECTION in CONCRETE STRUCTURE,” Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring, vol. 6, pp. 129-139 2016.
  • B.G. Han, K. Zhang, T. Burnham, E. Kwon, X. Yu. "Integration and road tests of a self-sensing CNT concrete pavement system for traffic detection". Smart Materials and Structures., 22, 015020 (8pp). 2013
  • B. Han, X. Yu, and E. Kwon, “Self-sensing CNT/cement composite for traffic monitoring,” Nanotechnology, vol. 20, 445501 (5pp), 2009.
  • X. Yu, R. Rajamani, K. A. Stelson, and T. Cui, “Active control the sound transmission through windows with carbon nanotube based transparent actuators,” IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, vol. 15(4), pp.704-714, 2007

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2015
  • Top 3 winners in North American region, 2015 International Student Safety Technology Design Competition (SSTDC), with students: T. Beamon, H. Gage, C. Lipscomb, L. Nichols
  • Best Paper Award, Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering Track, 2013 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (2013 IMECE). (with W. Hu and J. Holy).
  • A co-authored paper (Applied Physics Letters, vol.100, 104103, 2012) was selected for the 50th Anniversary Editor's Choice Collection of the journal. Only 50 papers out of more than 12,000 published between 2009-2012 were selected for this honor
  • Top 3 winners in North American region, The 3rd Collegiate Student Safety Technology Design Competition, 2009 (with students Shan Hu and Ryan Bowlds).

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • MENG 486: Advanced Machine Design
  • MENG 270: Instrumentation & Measurement Lab

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