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Guirong (Grace) Yan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Structural Engineering

Research Interests

  • Resilient infrastructural systems in multi-hazard environments
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Structural damage detection
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Advanced signal processing
  • Nonlinear system identification and damage detection
  • Model updating of structural FEMs
  • Structural vibration control
  • Smart materials and structures

Courses Taught

Structural Design in Metals, Structural Analysis, Advanced Structural Analysis, Bridge Engineering, Structural System Identification and Structural Health Monitoring

Major Honors and Awards

  • UTEP Outstanding Research Performance Award, 2014
  • NSF Fellow for ENHANCE (NSF-National Science Foundation), 2013
  • TRB faculty Mentor (TRB-Transportation Research Board), 2013

Current Research Projects

  1. “Damage and Instability Detection of Civil Large-scale Space Structures under Operational and Multi-hazard Environments based on Change in Macro-geometrical Patterns/Shapes,” National Science Foundation, Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering program, project No.: 1405023, $314,262, PI, Jul. 2014-Jun. 2016.
  2. “Experimental Validation of Novel Embedded Diagnostics Wireless Structural Monitoring Systems,” National Science Foundation, NEES program, Subaward through Stanford University, $42,540, PI, Sept. 2013-June. 2015.




  • Ph.D. Engineering Mechanics, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, 2006
  • M.E. Structural Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, 2002