Multifunctional Materials Research Laboratory







Yu Qiao, Professor
Department of Structural Engineering

Program of Materials Science and Engineering


Mailing Address:

9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0085

University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0085


Phone: (858) 534-3388

Fax: (858) 534-1310



Office: SME Building, Rm. 442G

Lab: SME Building, Rm. 422

Map: [UCSD Campus]


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Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2002)

M.S. in Materials Sci. & Eng., Chinese Academy of Sciences – Institute of Mechanics, Beijing, China (1997)

B.S. in Applied Mechanics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China (1994)




2006 – present: Associate Professor, Professor
Department of Structural Engineering & Program of Materials Science and Engineering
University of California – San Diego, La Jolla, California

2002 – 2006: Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
University of Akron, Akron, Ohio




SE02 – Structural Materials

SE02L – Structural Materials Lab

SE251A / MATS261A – Processing of Polymers and Composites

SE251B / MATS261B – Mechanical Behaviors of Polymers and Composites


SE125 – Probability, Statistics, and Reliability

SE140 – Structural and Materials Design

SE291 – Structural Engineering Graduate Student Seminar


Mechanics of Solids

Engineering Materials Lab

Advanced Mechanical Behaviors of Materials

Micromechanisms of Fracture and Fatigue

Engineering Measurement and Data Analysis


Research Interests


Robust and multifunctional battery materials and structures

“Green”, low-cost, and high-performance infrastructural materials

In-situ utilization of martian and lunar regolith

Advanced protection and damping materials and structures

Advanced energy conversion and storage materials and structures

Advanced intelligent materials and structures

Size effects in thin solid films

Failure analysis of engineering materials and structures


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Research Group


Current Members


Ying Zhong (Sarah), Graduate Student Researcher

Daniel Noelle, Graduate Student Researcher

Anh V. Le, Graduate Student Researcher

Meng Wang, Graduate Student Researcher

Yang Shi, Graduate Student Researcher

Brian J. Chow, Graduate Student Researcher

Tzehan Chen (Derek), Graduate Student Researcher




Cang Zhao, Graduate Student Researcher

Weiyi Lu, Graduate Student Researcher, Postdoctoral Scholar

Bushi H. Ren (“Bush”), Graduate Student Researcher

Gang Wang, Postdoctoral Scholar

Aijie Han, Postdoctoral Scholar

Taewan Kim, Graduate Student Researcher, Postdoctoral Scholar

Hyuck Lim, Graduate Student Researcher

Kake Zhu, Postdoctoral Scholar

Lance D. Operhall, Graduate Student Researcher

Sanket Anturkar, Graduate Student Researcher

Venkata K. Punyamurtula (Kaushik), Graduate Student Researcher

Jin Chen, Graduate Student Researcher

Savas Avlar, Graduate Student Research Assistant

Falgun Surani, Graduate Student Research Assistant

Srinivas S. Chakravarthula (Sashi), Graduate Student Research Assistant

Xinguo Kong, Graduate Student Research Assistant


Professional Memberships


Materials Research Society (MRS)

Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS)

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

American Institute of Physics (AIP)

American Chemical Society (ACS)