Prof. YANG received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China, in 1982, and Master and PhD degrees, in 1984 and 1990 respectively, from School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, New York, USA. From 1982 to 1983, he worked in Beijing Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as a Lecturer. From 1990 to 2000, he worked at NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where he became a Research Scientist and Group Leader. From 2000 to 2005, he worked as Senior Analyst of the General Motors North American Engineering Center and staff scientist at General Motors Research and Development Center in Warren, Michigan. He joined Tongji University in 2005 to manage the construction of the Shanghai Automotive Wind Tunnel Center project, and has become Managing Director of SAWTC since 2009. He has also played a number of other important roles in the university. In June 2017, he was appointed to the role of Chief Technology Officer of Beijing Aeronautical Technology Research Institute (BATRI), which is the R&D Center for Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC). He has published more than 400 scientific or technical papers and supervised about 100 PhD and Master dissertations on various vehicle-related topics. He received the first prize of the Shanghai Science and Technology Progress Award in 2020.
The Tongji University-Shanghai Automotive Wind Tunnel Center project is the first batch of major industrial science and technology research projects in Shanghai “Revitalizing the City by Science and Education”. The total construction area of the center is 21095m2. The center includes China’s first aero-acoustic automotive wind tunnel and the first thermal environment automotive wind tunnel, as well as a multi-functional maintenance center. The ground simulation capability, air measurement accuracy, background noise and environmental simulation range are all at the world’s leading level. Since the wind tunnel center was put into operation in 2009, it has been used by more than 60 domestic and foreign automobile, parts and high-speed train enterprises, testing aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, thermal management, etc. for about 10,000 models, providing unreplaceable supports to these enterprises. The wind tunnel center has also been extensively used to undertake key national research projects, generating common technologies for related industries. In 2011, the wind tunnel center successively joined the “Shanghai Professional Technical Service Platform” and the “Shanghai Key Laboratory”. In 2013, it joined the “National Large-scale Scientific Instrument Center”. Now the wind tunnel center is actively striding forward towards a world-class non-profit public technology service platform for the research and development of automobiles and rail vehicles.