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TzuYang Yu

Tzu Yang Yu
Tzuyang Yu Associate Chair for Doctoral Studies, Associate Professor

Expertise

Radar NDE, Structural Engineering, Concrete Materials, Structural Stability Dielectric Measurement and Modeling of Materials

Research Interests

Electromagnetic properties of materials; FDTD; FEA; structural dynamics; structural stability; concrete materials

Theoretical modeling and experimental measurement of dielectric properties of construction materials; structural health monitoring of bridges and buildings; FDTD of electromagnetic wave scattering; far-field airborne radar nondestructive testing (FAR-NDT); stability behavior of concrete structures; structural dynamics

Education

  • Ph D: Civil and Environmental Engineering, (2008), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Condition Assessment of GFRP-retrofitted Concrete Cylinders Using Electromagnetic Wave Measurements
  • Other: Civil and Environmental Engineering, (2002), Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Behavior of a Coupled Arch System
  • MS: Civil Engineering, (1998), National Central University - Chungli, Taiwan
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Ultimate Bearing Capacity Analysis of Composite Ground Structures
  • BS: Construction Engineering, (1996), National Yunlin University of Science and Technology - Yunlin, Taiwan
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Dynamic Behavior of Structural Systems Considering the Soil-Structure Interaction Effect

Biosketch

Dr. Yu received his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in the field of structural engineering and materials, specializing in the remote electromagnetic imaging of concrete structures. He is a recipient of the 2008 ASNT Fellowship Award (Cleveland, Ohio) and 2010 Fellow of the JSPS (Tokyo, Japan). He received the Donald Leitch Award from the CEE Department at UML for outstanding research performance. He is a member to ASCE, ACI, IEEE, ASNT, SEM, AAAS, and Sigma Xi. He is a senior member to SPIE. His research has been sponsored by NIST, AFRL, NSF, DOE, U.S.DOT, UMass S&T Office. His research is currently supported by the U.S.DOT through the UTC (University Transportation Center) Region 1 -- Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center (TIDC) (led by UMaine) since 2018.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Faculty Advisor (2020), Scholarship/Research - Department of Energy, Integrated University Program
  • Senior Membership (2018), Service, Professional - SPIE
  • Donald Leitch Award (2017), Scholarship/Research - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor (2016), Leadership - Advancing Women in Transportation Foundation
  • Faculty Advisor (2016), Scholarship/Research - Department of Energy, Integrated University Program
  • Faculty Advisor (2015), Scholarship/Research - Department of Energy, Integrated University Program
  • Faculty Advisor (2014), Scholarship/Research - American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)
  • Cambridge Who's Who (2010)
  • Fellow (2010), Scholarship/Research - Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Tokyo, Japan
  • Marquis Who's Who in America (2009)
  • Outstanding Alumni of 2009 (2009) - National Yunlin University of Science and Technology
  • ASNT 2008 Fellowship Award (2008) - American Society of Nondestructive Testing
  • ASNT Fellowship Award (2008), Scholarship/Research - American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Columbus, Ohio
  • Metropolitan Who's Who (2006)
  • Overseas Graduate Scholarship (2005), Scholarship/Research - Ministry of Education, Taiwan
  • The Schoettler Scholarship (2004) - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Overseas Graduate Scholarship (2004), Scholarship/Research - Ministry of Education, Taiwan
  • The Schoettler Scholarship (2004), Scholarship/Research - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Graduate Research Assistantship (2003), Scholarship/Research - National Science Foundation, CMMI
  • Graduate Fellowship (1999), Scholarship/Research - Department of Civil Engineering, National Central University (Taiwan)
  • Graduate Fellowship (1996), Scholarship/Research - Department of Civil Engineering, National Central University, Chungli, Taiwan
  • Undergraduate Scholarship (1993) - STT Foundation of Cultural and Education
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Fellowship (1993), Scholarship/Research - Foundation of Taipei Construction Hall (Taiwan)
  • Undergraduate Scholarship (1993), Scholarship/Research - S.T.T. Foundation of Cultural and Education (Taiwan)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Fellowship (1992), Scholarship/Research - Foundation of Taipei Construction Hall (Taiwan)

Selected Publications

  • Yu, T., Owusu Twumasi , J. (2015). Continuous and Discontinuous Accelerated Corrosion Tests on Steel Rebar inside Sodium Chloride Solution using Impressed Current Technique . Construction and Building Materials .
  • Yu, T., Cheng, T.K., Zou, A., Lau, D. (2015). Defect Detection of FRP-bonded Concrete System using Acoustic-laser and Imaging Radar Techniques . Construction and Building Materials .
  • Tang, Q., Yu, T. (2015). Finite element analysis for the damage detection of light pole structures . SPIE Smart Structures/Nondestructive Evaluation 2015
  • Owusu Twumasi , J., Yu, T. (2015). Forward and inverse dielectric modeling of oven-dried cement paste specimens in the frequency range of 1.02 GHz to 4.50 GHz . SPIE Smart Structures/Nondestructive Evaluation 2015
  • Le, V., Yu, T. (2015). Mass and stiffness estimation using mobile devices for structural health monitoring . SPIE Smart Structures/Nondestructive Evaluation 2015
  • Zou, X., Schmitt, T., Perloff, D., Wu, N., Yu, T., Wang, X. (2015). Nondestructive corrosion detection using fiber optic photoacoustic ultrasound generator. Measurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation, 62 74-80.
  • Yaman, F., Yakhno, V.G., Ozdemir, C., Yu, T., Potthast, R. (2015). Recent theory and applications on inverse problems 2014. Mathematical Problems in Engineering, 2015.
  • Yu, T., Owusu Twumasi , J., Le, V., Tang, Q., D'Amico, N. (2015). Surface and Subsurface Remote Sensing of Concrete Structures using Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging . ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering .
  • Wang, M., Jeon, S., Su, C., Yu, T., Tan, L., Chiang, L.Y. (2015). Synthesis of Photoswitchable Magnetic Au–Fullerosome Hybrid Nanomaterials for Permittivity Enhancement Applications . Molecules, 14746-14760 .
  • Gladstone, R., Yu, T. (2014). Denoising analysis of synthetic aperture radar images using discrete wavelet transform for the radar NDE of concrete specimens . SPIE Smart Structures/Nondestructive Evaluation 2014
  • Yu, T., Owusu Twumasi , J. (2014). Dielectric modeling of cementitious specimens using an open-ended coaxial probe in the frequency range of 0.5GHz to 4.5 GHz . SPIE Smart Structures/Nondestructive Evaluation 2014
  • Yu, T. (2014). Laser-based Sensing .
  • Yu, T., Nonis, C., Niezrecki, C., Ahmed, S., Su, C., Zou, X. (2014). Multi-modal remote sensing for the condition assessment of concrete bridges using distant imaging radar and digital image correlation. . Structural Congress, Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), ASCE
  • Yu, T. (2014). Laser-based sensing for assessing and monitoring civil infrastructures (1: pp. 327-356). Sensor Technologies for Civil Infrastructures
  • Yu, T., Su, C.F., Ahmed, S. (2013). Distant electromagnetic characterization of a reinforced concrete beam under mechanical loading.
  • Yu, T. (2013). Inverse synthetic aperture radar imaging for subsurface rebar detection in concrete structures.
  • Yu, T., Wilson, J. (2013). Nondestructive monitoring and modeling of subsurface rebar corrosion in reinforced concrete slabs using half-cell potential.
  • Yu, T. (2013). “Chapter 11: Laser-based Sensing”. Woodhead Publishing
  • Zou, X.A., Chao, A.B., Wu, N.C., Tian, Y.C., Yu, T., Wang, X.A. (2013). A novel Fabry-Perot fiber optic temperature sensor for early age hydration heat study in Portland cement concrete. Smart Structures and Systems, 12(1) 41-54.
  • Yu, T., Boyaci, B., Wu, H. (2013). Simulated transient electromagnetic response for the inspection of GFRP-wrapped concrete cylinders using radar NDE. Research in Nondestructive Evaluation, 24(3) 125-153.
  • Wilson, J., Yu, T. (2013). Accelerated artificial corrosion monitoring of reinforced concrete slabs using the half-cell potential method.
  • Nonis, C., Niezrecki, C., Yu, T., Ahmed, S., Su, C., Schmidt, T. (2013). Structural health monitoring of bridges using digital image correlation (8695:). Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
  • Yu, T., Su, C., Lai, C., Wu, H. (2013). Wideband subsurface radar for bridge structural health monitoring and nondestructive evaluation (8694:). Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
  • Zou, X., Chao, A., Tian, Y., Wu, N., Tian, T., Yu, T., Wang, X. (2012). A novel Fabry-Perot fiber optic temperature sensor embedded into Portland cement concrete for early age hydration heat study.
  • Yu, T., Boyaci, B., Wu, F.H. (2012). A parametric study of the transient electromagnetic response of GFRP-wrapped concrete cylinders.
  • Zou, X., Chao, A., Tian, Y., Wu, N., Zhang, H., Yu, T., Wang, X. (2012). An experimental study on the concrete hydration process using Fabry-Perot fiber optic temperature sensors. Measurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation, 45(5) 1077-1082.
  • Liu, H., Yu, T., Wang, M.L. (2012). Condition assessment of rebar corrosion in concrete bridge decks using ground-penetrating radar. Proc SPIE Smart Structures/NDE
  • Yu, T., Ahmed, S. (2012). Dielectric dispersion of cement paste and cement mortar specimens in the frequency range of 0.5GHz to 2GHz.
  • Yu, T., Niezrecki, C., Lai, C.P., Schmidt, T., Ahmed, S., Nonis, C. (2012). Multi-modal remote sensing system for the surface and subsurface inspection of bridges.
  • Yu, T., Niezrecki, C., Amsari, F. (2012). Multi-modal remote sensing system for transportation infrastructure inspection and monitoring.
  • Yu, T. (2012). Noncontact microwave NDT for rebar detection in concrete bridge piers using inverse synthetic aperture radar imaging. Orlando, FL
  • Yu, T., Niezrecki, C., Noris, C., Lai, C.P. (2012). Multi-modal remote sensing system for the surface and subsurface inspection of bridges. Proc 14th Intl Conf Structural Faults & Repair
  • Yu, T. (2011). Dielectric deamplification of multiphase cementitious composites in the frequency range of 0.5~4.5 GHz.
  • Solak, I.C., Yu, T. (2011). Dielectric Measurement and Modeling of Cementitious Composite Panels Using a Coaxial Probe.
  • Yu, T. (2011). Distant Damage-Assessment Method for Multilayer Composite Systems Using Electromagnetic Waves. Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 137(8) 547-560.
  • Yu, T., Boyaci, B. (2011). Geometric Analysis for the Size Estimation of Subsurface Delamination in Transient Electromagnetic Response.
  • Lai, C.P., Ren, Y.J., Yu, T. (2011). Scanning array radar system for bridge subsurface imaging.
  • Yu, T., Haupt, R. (2010). Damage inspection of fiber reinforced polymer-concrete systems using a distant acoustic-laser NDE technique.
  • Büyüköztürk, O., Yu, T. (2009). Far-field radar NDT technique for detecting GFRP debonding from concrete. Construction and Building Materials, 23(4) 1678-1689.
  • Laflamme, S., Yu, T., Connor, J.J. (2009). Intelligent controller for smart base isolation of masonry structures.
  • Yu, T. (2009). Damage Detection of GFRP-concrete Systems Using Electromagnetic Waves: Theory and Experiment. Lambert Academic Publishing (LAP)
  • Yu, T. (2009). Determining the optimal parameters in a distant radar NDE technique for debonding detection of GFRP-concrete systems (7294:).
  • Yu, T., Büyüköztürk, O. (2008). A far-field airborne radar NDT technique for detecting debonding in GFRP-retrofitted concrete structures. NDT and E International, 41(1) 10-24.
  • Bagheri, S., Yu, T. (2008). Hyperspectral sensing for assessing nearshore water quality conditions of Hudson/Raritan Estuary. Journal of Environmental Informatics, 11(2) 123-130.
  • Yu, T., Buyukozturk, O. (2008). A distant real-time radar NDE technique for the in-depth inspection of glass fiber reinforced polymer-retrofitted concrete columns (6934:).
  • Buyukozturk, O., Yu, T. (2007). A novel structural assessment technique to prevent damaged FRP-wrapped concrete bridge piers from total collapse.
  • Büyüköztürk, O., Yu, T., Ortega, J.A. (2006). A methodology for determining complex permittivity of construction materials based on transmission-only coherent, wide-bandwidth free-space measurements. Cement and Concrete Composites, 28(4) 349-359.
  • Yu, T. (2006). Detecting deterioration behind GFRP wrap strengthening of bridge columns.
  • Buyukozturk, O., Yu, T. (2006). Understanding and assessment of debonding failures in FRP-concrete systems.
  • Bagheri, S., Peters, S., Yu, T. (2005). Retrieval of marine water constituents from AVIRIS data in the Hudson/Raritan Estuary. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 26(18) 4013-4027.
  • Buyukozturk, O., Yu, T. (2003). Structural health monitoring and seismic impact assessment.
  • Yu, T., Chang, J.H. (2000). Finite element analysis of the energy criterion for crack extension.
  • Chang, J.H., Yu, T. (2000). Calculation of energy flux vector on a plane crack in elastic bimaterial media.

Selected Presentations

  • “Multi-Modal Remote Sensing System for Bridge Inspection and Monitoring”, February 2013
  • “Advanced Sensing Technologies for the Condition Assessment of Civil Infrastructure” - 1.562 High-Performance Structures MEng Project, February 2012 - Cambridge, MA
  • “Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging for the Distant Inspection of Multi-layer GFRP-concrete Structures”, October 2011 - Taipei, Taiwan
  • "Remote Surface and Subsurface Sensing of Multilayer Concrete Systems", February 2011 - North Dartmouth, MA
  • "Far-field Airborne Radar Nondestructive Testing Technique for Strengthened/ Repaired Concrete Structures Using Fiber Reinforced Polymers", January 2011 - Taiwan
  • "Introduction to Finite Difference Time Domain Methods", January 2011 - Tsukuba, Japan
  • "Engineering Education -- Perspective from a MIT Alumni", January 2011 - Tsukuba, Japan
  • "Far-field Airborne Radar Nondestructive Testing (FAR NDT)", January 2011 - Tsukuba, Japan
  • "Far-field Airborne Radar Nondestructive Testing (FAR NDT)", January 2011 - Tsukuba, Japan
  • "Far-field Airborne Radar Nondestructive Testing (FAR NDT)" - Japan Radio Company (JRC), January 2011 - Mitaka, Japan
  • "Design, Manufacturing and Application of Structural Concrete", January 2011 - Tsukuba, Japan
  • "Failures of Civil Infrastructure", January 2011 - Tsukuba, Japan
  • "Introduction to Structural Inspection in Civil Engineering", March 2010 - Lowell, MA
  • "A distant nondestructive testing method for the inspection of concrete structures", December 2009 - Yunlin, Taiwan
  • "Development of a far-field inspection method for concrete structures", December 2009 - Yunlin, Taiwan
  • "A distant imaging technique for FRP-concrete structures using inverse aperture radar", December 2009 - Chungli, Taiwan
  • "A distant radar nondestructive evaluation technique for the in-depth damage detection of multi-layer concrete structures", September 2009 - Kingston, RI
  • "Introduction to Engineering", March 2009 - Lowell, MA

Selected Intellectual Property

  • Patent - Yu, T."System and Method for Detecting Damage, Defect, and Reinforcement in Fiber Reinforced Polymer-bonded Concrete Systems Using Far Field Radar," #20,090,222,221 United States

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Fellow (), Fellowship - Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  • Multi-modal Remote Sensing System (MRSS) for Transportation Infrastructure Inspection and Monitoring (), Grant - U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
    Yu, T. (Principal)
  • VOTERS (Vehicle Onboard Traffic Embedded Roaming Sensors) (), Grant - National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
    Yu, T. (Principal)
  • An Automated System for Rail Transit Infrastructure Inspection (2012), Grant - U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
    Yu, T. (Co-Principal), Xie, Y. (Co-Principal)
  • VOTERS (Vehicle Onboard Traffic Embedded Roaming Sensors) (2009), Grant - National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Experimental measurement of the radiation pattern of a radar antenna in the micro (2014), - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
    Yu, T. (Principal)
  • Versatile Onboard Traffic Embedded Roaming Sensors (VOTERS) (2009), Contract - NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS
    Yu, T. (Principal)
  • Measurement of Microwave-Frequency Responsive Fullerenyl Dielectric Metamaterials (2013), - AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABORATORY
    Yu, T. (Principal)
  • Inspection and Monitoring of Parking Garages in Lowell, MA (2012), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Yu, T.
  • Measurement of Microwave-Frequency Responsive Fullerenyl Dielectric Metamaterials (2011), Grant - UES, Inc. (from Air Force Research Laboratory)
    Yu, T. (Principal)
  • Multi-modal Remote Sensing System (MRSS) for Transportation Infrastructure Inspection and Monitoring (2011), Grant - U.S. Department of Transportation
    Yu, T.
  • Measurement of Microwave-Frequency Responsive Fullerenyl Dielectric Metamaterials (2011), - AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABORATORY
    Yu, T. (Principal)
  • Scale-up Synthesis of Microwave-Frequency Responsive Fullerenyl Dielectric Metamaterials (2011), Grant - UES, Inc. (from Air Force Research Laboratory)
    Yu, T. (Principal)
  • Consortium on Anytime-Anywhere-Anyway (AAA) Transportation Information (2010), Grant - UMass S&T Office
    Yu, T.