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Civil Engineering PhD Student Named a 2018 O.H. Ammann Research Fellow in Structural Engineering

February 1, 2019

Yujie Yan, a doctoral student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University, was named a 2018 O.H. Ammann Research Fellow in Structural Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The fellowship was conferred upon the recommendation of the Structural Engineering Institute.

According to ASCE, the O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship is awarded “to encourage creation of new knowledge in structural design and construction,” and is named in honor of Othmar H. Ammann, a famous Swiss-American civil engineer whose work includes New York City’s George Washington Bridge.

Yan focuses his research on developing autonomous unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to conduct routine inspection and post-disaster assessment of infrastructure. Working under his advisor, CEE Department Chair and CDM Smith Professor Jerome F. Hajjar, and in collaboration with Prof. Taskin Padir in the Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research Laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Yan develops algorithms that automatically assess visual data acquired by the UAS to detect and recognize main structural elements, quantify existing surface damage and create highly accurate models reflecting structure conditions.

Upon graduation, he is interested in continuing research through a post-doc, research associate or faculty position.