Associate Professor Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering

YUAN Hongyan, who obtained his Bachelor Degree of Science in Engineering Mechanics from Tsinghua University, Master Degree of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Pennsylvania State University, is currently an associate professor of Southern University of Science and Technology. From 2011 to 2012, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Brown University in the United States and continued his postdoctoral research at Harvard University from 2012 to 2014. Then he worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island, USA, from 2014 to 2019.

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Applied Mechanics, Bio-Mechanics, Bio-Engineering, Flexible Robotics Mechanics

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Professor Yuan has great scientific attainments in Applied Mechanics, Bio-Mechanics, Bio-Engineering, Flexible Robotics Mechanics, etc. As first-author or communication author, He has published 17 papers in the world's leading journals, including PNAS, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review E, American Journal of Physiology, Applied Physics Letters, Soft Matter, etc. as first or correspondent author. As a co-author, he also published papers in top journals such as Science, Nature Medicine, Nature Materials, and Nano Letters. His Google Scholar Citation is more than 2,000 times.

Associate Professor Yuan is also a member of the Department of Elastic Mechanics and Computational Mechanics of the Applied Mechanics Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a member of the International Society of Computational Mechanics, a member of the American Society of Biophysics, and a member of the American Society of Biomedical Engineering.

Marzban B, Yi X, Yuan H. A minimal mechanics model for mechanosensing of substrate rigidity gradient in durotaxis. Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology. 2018; 17(3):915-922, DOI: 10.1007/s10237-018-1001-3.

Yuan H, Marzban B, Parker KK. Myofibrils in Cardiomyocytes Tend to Assemble Along the Maximal Principle Stress Directions. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. 2017; DOI: 10.1115/1.4037795.

Lind JU, Yadid M, Perkins I, et al. Cardiac Microphysiological Devices with Flexible Thin Film Sensors for Higher-Throughput Drug Screening. Lab on a Chip, 2017; 17:3692-3703.

Marzban B, Yuan H. The Effect of Thermal Fluctuation on the Receptor-Mediated Adhesion of a Cell Membrane to an Elastic Substrate. Membranes. 2017; 7(2):24. doi:10.3390/membranes7020024.

Deravi LF, Sinatra NR, Chantre CO, et al. Design and Fabrication of Fibrous Nanomaterials Using Pull Spinning. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering. 2017; 302(3). doi:10.1002/mame.201600404.

Lind JU, Busbee TA, Valentine AD, et al. Instrumented cardiac microphysiological devices via multimaterial three-dimensional printing. Nature Materials. 2017; 16(3):303-308.

Fu S-P, Peng Z, Yuan H, Kfoury R, Young Y-N. Lennard-Jones type pair-potential method for coarse-grained lipid bilayer membrane simulations in LAMMPS. Computer Physics Communications. 2017; 210:193-203.

Marzban B, Yuan H. The effect of viscous force on the prediction of muscle contractility in biohybrid cantilever-based experiments. Extreme Mechanics Letters. 2016; 9:342-346.

Park S-J, Gazzola M, Park KS, et al. Phototactic guidance of a tissue-engineered soft-robotic ray. Science. 2016; 353(6295):158-162.

Aratyn-Schaus Y, Pasqualini FS, Yuan H, et al. Coupling primary and stem cell–derived cardiomyocytes in an in vitro model of cardiac cell therapy. The Journal of Cell Biology. 2016; 212(4):389-397.

Holly McIlwee Golecki*, Hongyan Yuan*, Benjamin Potter, Calla Glavin, Josue A. Goss, Michael D. Phillips, Kevin Kit Parker, Effect of Solvent Evaporation on Fiber Morphology in Rotary Jet-Spinning.” Langmuir, Oct. 2014 (* Equal contribution)

Megan L. McCain*, Hongyan Yuan*, Francesco S. Pasqualini, Patrick H. Campbell, and Kevin Kit Parker. Matrix elasticity regulates the optimal cardiac myocyte shape for contractility, American Journal of Physiology – Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 306: H1525–H1539, 2014. (* Equal contribution)

Gang Wang, Megan L McCain, Luhan Yang, Aibin He, Francesco Silvio Pasqualini, Ashutosh Agarwal, Hongyan Yuan, Dawei Jiang, Donghui Zhang, Lior Zangi, Judith Geva, Amy E Roberts, Qing Ma, Jian Ding, Jinghai Chen, Da-Zhi Wang, Kai Li, Jiwu Wang, Ronald JA Wanders, Wim Kulik, Frédéric M Vaz, Michael A Laflamme, Charles E Murry, Kenneth R Chien, Richard I Kelley, George M Church, Kevin Kit Parker, William T Pu, Modeling the mitochondrial cardiomyopathy of Barth syndrome with induced pluripotent stem cell and heart-on-chip technologies, Nature Medicine, 20, 616–623 (2014)

Yinfeng Li*, Hongyan Yuan*, Annette Bussche*, Megan Creighton, Robert H. Hurt, Agnes B Kane, Huajian Gao, Graphene penetrates cell membranes spontaneously through edge asperities and corner sites, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110 (30), 12295-12300, (2013) (* Equal contribution)

Hongyan Yuan, and Huajian Gao, On the mechanics of integrin clustering during cell-substrate adhesion. Acta Mechanica Solida Sinica 25 (5), 467-472, (2012)

Hongyan Yuan, Changjin Huang, and Sulin Zhang, Membrane-Mediated Inter-Domain Interactions. BioNanoScience: p. 1-6, (2011)

Hongyan Yuan, Ju Li, Sulin Zhang and Gang Bao. Variable nanoparticle-cell adhesion strength regulates cellular uptake. Physical Review Letters, 105(13): 138101, (2010)

Hongyan Yuan, Changjin Huang, Ju Li, George Lykotrafitis and Sulin Zhang. One-particle-thick, solvent-free, coarse-grained model for biological and biomimetic fluid membranes. Physical Review E, 82(1): 011905, (2010)

Hongyan Yuan and Sulin Zhang. Effects of particle size and ligand density on the kinetics of receptor-mediated endocytosis of nanoparticles. Applied Physics Letters, 96(3): 033704, (2010)

Hongyan Yuan, Changjin Huang and Sulin Zhang. Dynamic shape transformations of fluid vesicles. Soft Matter, 6: 4571-4579, (2010)

Hongyan Yuan, Changjin Huang and Sulin Zhang. Virus-Inspired Design Maps of Nanoparticle-Based Bioagents. PLoS ONE, 5: e13495, (2010)

Hongyan Yuan, Jonah H. Lee and James E. Guilkey. Stochastic reconstruction of the microstructure of equilibrium form snow and computation of effective elastic properties. Journal of Glaciology, 56(197): 12, (2010)

Xu Huang, Hongyan Yuan, Wentao Liang and Sulin Zhang. Mechanical properties and deformation morphologies of covalently bridged multi-walled carbon nanotubes: Multiscale modeling. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 58, 1847–1862, (2010)

Sachin S. Terdalkar, Shan Huang, Hongyan Yuan, Joseph J. Rencis, Ting Zhu and Sulin Zhang. Nanoscale fracture in graphene. Chemical Physics Letters, 494(4-6): 218-222, (2010)

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Founded in December 2015, the Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is one of departments in the College of Engineering. It aims to establish a world-leading department in mechanics and aerospace engineering, covering various research areas such as fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, thermodynamics, aeroacoustics, mechanics, combustion, material, and system control. The Department will learn from the best practice of peer departments over the world in order to develop into an international research institution that attends to the national strategic needs in mechanics and aerospace, cultivates outstanding innovative talents, and conducts frontier fundamental research and applied research with social impact. 
The goal of the Department is to become a top-tier international leader through introducing an innovative education system which emphasizes IUR (Industry-University-Research) in close association with the Chinese aerospace industry. The specific objectives are: 1) to nurture innovative talents (learning); 2) to research and develop key technologies (research); and 3) to provide technical services (production) for the national aerospace industry.
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