SAGE Publishing Young Engineer Lecture

Sponsored by SAGE Publications Limited

The Society has a number of awards which, by their nature, are intended to recognize senior members of the Society for their work in Experimental Mechanics. However, it is also important that the Society recognize members early in their career whose work demonstrates considerable potential in the field of Experimental Mechanics. That is the focus of this new lecture.

As with all SEM awards, we strongly solicit nominations from the members of the Society for this lecture. The nominee should be recognized for the potential of work early in his/her career, and should be a member of the Society. On the academic side, this could be someone at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. On the industrial or Government Lab side, it could be someone up to 10 years after hire. These are only guidelines and not absolute rules.

Award Guidelines      Award Nomination Form


2023 Recipient

In recognition of outstanding early-career contributions to experimental mechanics.

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Yongchao Yang
Dr. Yongchao Yang’s expertise is in structural dynamics, experimental mechanics, system identification, computational sensing and structural health monitoring. He is the author of more than 60 journal papers, 3 book chapters, and 2 US patents. He received the 2017 Raymond C. Reese Research Prize of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), an R&D 100 Award (2018), a Best Paper Award of SEM IMAC (2021), and the 2022 Achenbach Medal. He has served as an Editorial Board Member of the Wiley journal Structural Control and Health Monitoring. He joined as an assistant professor the Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics of Michigan Tech in 2019, after a Staff Scientist tenure at Argonne National Laboratory (2018-2019) and a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory (2015-2017). He obtained his Ph.D. from Rice University (2014) and bachelor’s from Harbin Institute of Technology (2010).

The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the SAGE Publishing Young Engineer Lecture Award in the past.
2022 - Javad Baqersad 2021 - Luke Martin 2020 - Joe Schoneman
2019 - Zhu Mao 2018 - Jacob Dodson 2017 - Gaëtan Kerschen