Yaning Li

Associate Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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  • 245 SN
  • 617.373.3027

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Research Focus

Mechanics of materials, bio-inspired engineering, and additive manufacturing; mechanics of innovative architectured materials; mechanical metamaterials; biological materials

Education

  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2007
  • Dual MS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2006

Honors & Awards

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award 2016
  • AFOSR SFFP Faculty Fellowship Award 2013
  • IUTAM Young Investigator Travel Award

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • American Society of Composite (ASC)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Society of Engineering Science (SES)
  • Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM)
  • Society of Material Science (MRS)
  • Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)

Research Overview

Mechanics of materials, bio-inspired engineering, and additive manufacturing; mechanics of innovative architectured materials; mechanical metamaterials; biological materials

Mechanics, Biomimetics, and 3D Printing Research Lab

Mechanics of soft mechanical metamaterials; Bio-inspired design, mechanics, and biomimetics; 3D printing and mechanical experiments; Instability of materials and structures; Fracture and damage mechanics; Generalized continuum mechanics.

Mechanics, Biomimetics, and 3D Printing Research Lab

Selected Research Projects

  • A Bio-Inspired Strategy for In-Plane Energy Dissipation Through Suture Interfaces
    • – Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Mechanics of A New Family of Auxetic Chiral Composites
    • – Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Mechanics of Bio-Inspired CNT-Modified Hierarchical/ Fractal Interfaces
    • – Principal Investigator, Department of Defense/Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Selected Publications

  • Phillips, Katherine R., Zhang, Cathy T., Yang, Ting, Kay, Theresa, Gao, Chao, Brandt, Soeren, Liu, Lei, Yang, Haizhao, Li, Yaning, Aizenberg, Joanna, Li, Ling (2020). Fabrication of Photonic Microbricks via Crack Engineering of Colloidal Crystals. Advanced Functional Materials, 30(26),1908242. 10.1002/ADFM.201908242
  • Phillips, Katherine R., Zhang, Cathy T., Yang, Ting, Kay, Theresa, Gao, Chao, Brandt, Soeren, Liu, Lei, Yang, Haizhao, Li, Yaning, Aizenberg, Joanna, Li, Ling (2020). Photonic Microbricks: Fabrication of Photonic Microbricks via Crack Engineering of Colloidal Crystals (Adv. Funct. Mater. 26/2020). Advanced Functional Materials, 30(26),2070172. 10.1002/ADFM.202070172
  • B. Hasseldine, C. Gao, Y. Li, Prediction of the Anisotropic Damage Evolution of Dry Common Millet (Panicum miliaceum) Seed Under Quasi-Static Blunt Indentation, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 214, 2019, 112-122
  • Y. Jiang, Y. Li, 3D Printed Hybrid Auxetic Metamaterial with Chiral Cells and Reentrant Cores, Scientific Reports, 8, 2018, 2397
  • C. Gao, B. Hasseldine, L. Li, J. Weaver, Y. Li Amplifying Strength, Toughness, and Auxeticity via Wavy Sutural Tessellation in Plant Seedcoats, Advanced Materials, (Inside Back Cover), 2018, 1800579
  • L. Liu, Y. Li, Predicting the Mixed-Mode I/II Spatial Damage Propagation along 3D-Printed Soft Interfacial Layer via a Hyperelastic Softening Model, Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 116, 2018, 17-32
  • Y. Jiang, Y. Li, 3D Printed Chiral Cellular Solids with Amplified Auxetic Effects Due to Elevated Internal Rotation, Advanced Engineering Materials, 19(2), 2017, 1-8
  • L. Liu, Y. Jiang, M.C. Boyce, C. Ortiz, J. Baur, J. Song, Y. Li The Effects of Morphological Irregularity on the Mechanical Behavior of Interdigitated Biological Sutures, Journal of Biomechanics, 58, 2017, 71-78

Faculty

Aug 29, 2019

New Faculty Spotlight: Yaning Li

Yaning Li joins the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering department in August 2019 as an Associate Professor.

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