Ren-Jye Yang

Ford Motor Company
United States

Dr. Ren-Jye Yang received his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the National Taiwan University at Taipei, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1984. He is currently a Senior Technical Leader in the Passive Safety Department at Ford Research & Advanced Engineering, responsible for the development of MDO and Safety Optimization and Robustness Methods. Before he joined Ford in 1988, Dr. Yang was a Staff Research Engineer in the Engineering Mechanics Department at GM Research Laboratories. His research areas of interest include: MDO, CAE, Model Verification and Validation, Numerical Optimization, Probabilistic and Statistic Methods, etc. Dr. Yang has received numerous prestigious awards, including three Henry Ford Technology Awards, which is the highest technical award at Ford. He is the recipient of 2005 ASME Design Automation Award, 2013 ASME Barnett-Uzgiris Product Safety Design Award, 2010 SAE Forest R. McFarland Award, and 2011 SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award, and 2012 SAE Henry Ford II Distinguished Award. Dr. Yang has published more than 60 referred Journal papers. He is a Senior Advisor and associate editor of the Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization Journal and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Reliability and Safety, SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing, and International Journal of Vehicle Structures & Systems. He is an ASME and SAE fellow and had been a committee member of the ASME V&V 10. In 2004, Dr. Yang was elected as an Industry Advisor for the ASME Design Automation Executive Committee. Dr. Yang has also served on the University/Industry Advisory Board for a number of Universities. He is currently a guest professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Chongqing University.