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Mechanical Engineering

Jinkyu "JK" Yang

Assistant Professor

Jinkyu Yang E-mail:
Phone: 803.777.0070
Fax: 803.777.0106
Office: 300 Main Street
Room A220
Columbia, SC 29208
Links: Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Yang's research is directed towards developing advanced engineered structures through the creation of 1) novel materials systems, 2) innovative sensing and actuation devices, and 3) new NDE/SHM schemes. For more information about Dr. Yang's research, please visit the Advanced Structures Laboratory.


  • Ph.D., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 2005
  • M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 2001
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, KAIST, 2000


  • Breakthrough Rising Star Faculty Award, University of South Carolina (2013)
  • Key Employee Recognition Award, Samsung Electronics Co., LTD. (2007, 2008)
  • Nicholas J. Hoff Award, Stanford University (2002)
  • Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship (2000-2002)
  • Departmental Fellowship, Stanford University (2000-2001)

Selected Publications

  • F. Li, L. Zhao, Z. Tian, L. Yu, J. Yang, "Visualization of solitary waves via laser Doppler vibrometry for heavy impurity identification in a granular chain," Smart Materials and Structures, 22 035016, 2013.
  • F. Li, D. Ngo, J. Yang, C. Daraio, "Tunable phononic crystals based on cylindrical Hertzian contact," Applied Physics Letter, 101:171903, 2012.
  • J. Yang, S. Sangiorgio, S. Borkowski, Silvestro, L. De Nardo, C. Daraio, E. Ebramzadeh, "Site-specific quantification of bone quality using highly nonlinear solitary waves," Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 134(10): 101001, 2012, selected as 2012 Editors’ Choice paper.
  • J. Yang, D. Khatri, P. Anzel, C. Daraio, "Interaction of one-dimensional granular crystals with flat plates," International Journal of Solids and Structures, 49(13): 1463–1471, 2012.
  • M. Gonzalez, J. Yang, C. Daraio, M. Ortiz, "Mesoscopic approach to granular crystal dynamics," Physical Review E, 85:016604, 2012.
  • J. Yang, S. Dunatunga, C. Daraio, "Amplitude-dependent attenuation of compressive waves in curved granular crystals constrained by elastic guides," Acta Mechanica. 223(3): 549–562, 2012.
  • J. Yang, C. Silvestro, S. Sangiorgio, S. Borkowski, L. De Nardo, E. Ebramzadeh, C. Daraio, "Nondestructive evaluation of orthopedic implant stability in THA using highly nonlinear solitary waves," Smart Materials and Structures, Fast Track Communication, 21:012001, 2012.
  • J. Yang, C. Silvestro, D. Khatri, L. De Nardo, C. Daraio, "Interaction of highly nonlinear solitary waves with elastic linear media," Physical Review E, 83: 046606, 2011.
  • N. Boechler, J. Yang, G. Theocharis, P.G. Kevrekidis, C. Daraio, "Tunable vibration band gaps in one-dimensional diatomic granular crystals with three-particle unit cells," Journal of Applied Physics, 109: 074906, 2011.
  • J. Yang, F. K. Chang, "Detection of bolt loosening in C-C composite thermal protection panels: I. Diagnostic principle," Smart Materials and Structures, 15: 581–590, 2006.
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