Dr. Yu’s primary research areas include nanotechnology-based smart materials and smart structures, multifunctional materials for energy and biomedical applications, sensors, actuators and controls. His current projects include self-sensing concrete pavement that can monitor structure health and detect traffic flow, active noise cancellation systems for medical instruments, real-time non-intrusive driver sleepiness detection sensors and carbon nanotube-based devices.
Dr. Yu received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2006. He then joined the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he worked as an assistant professor from 2006-2010 and associate professor from 2010 -2011.
In the last five years, he has received more than $2.1 million external research funding with $1.2 million received as the principal investigator from funding agencies like the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Transportation. He also led several award-winning national student design and paper competitions.
He has published over 41 journal papers, book chapters and conference papers, and he holds one patent.