Jiao, Yang
Assistant Professor
Materials Science & Engineering
Email: yang.jiao.2@asu.edu
Phone: (480) 965-4560
Office: ERC 387 (Map)
Web: complexmaterial.lab.asu.edu


Dr. Yang Jiao obtained his B.S. from Peking University, China in 2005, majoring in engineering mechanics. He got his Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University in 2010 and stayed at Princeton as a postdoc before joining ASU in 2013. Although with a degree in engineering, he was mainly trained as a soft matter physicist at Princeton, working with Dr. Salvatore Torquato and Dr. Frank H. Stillinger.

The main focus of Dr. Jiao’s research is the understanding of the fundamental physics of a wide range of material systems including composite materials, colloids, polymer gels, granular materials, and biological tissues and cells, using a variety of analytical and computational techniques devised in heterogeneous material theory, statistical mechanics, condensed matter physics and discrete geometry. Such understanding in turn allows him to employ powerful optimization methods to inversely design materials with desired properties for specific applications.


Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (Sep. 2005 – Aug. 2010)
Ph.D., Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Peking University, Beijing, China (Sep. 2001 – Jul. 2005)
B.E., Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science

Research Interests

Computational materials design; microstructure and effective properties of heterogeneous materials; multifunctional composites design and modeling; granular materials; biomaterials.

Graduate Faculties

  • Materials Science & Engineering

Honors and Awards

  • DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2014
  • Ray Grimm Prize in Computational Physics, 2010
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Student Abroad, 2010
  • Gordon Wu Prize for Excellence, Princeton University, 2009
  • Martin Summerfield Memorial Fellowship, 2006
  • Princeton University Graduate Fellowship, 2005
  • Outstanding Graduate of Peking University, 2005