Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago (1988)
M.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago
B.S. in mechanical engineering, National Tsinghua University
Applied robotics in design and automation
Aircraft deicing and health monitoring
Renewable energy and energy harvesting
Global engineering education and research
Selected Honors and Awards
2016 University of Texas-Austin Senior Management Development Program Certificate
2016 Knowledge Exchange and Impact Award, University of Nottingham for Innovation Team Project – Low Carbon Manufacturing of Automotive Parts, 2014-16.
Ningbo, China Thousand Talents Award, 3315 Advanced Materials Projects, 2014.
NASA Glenn Research Center Director’s Award of Outstanding Management in 2010.
Outstanding Professor Award, CECS at University of Texas Tyler, 2009.
Phone interviewed by Journalist Tom Simonite ofNew Scientist Magazine, London for the article inIEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, entitled “Mechatronic Development of Self-Actuating In Flight Deicing Structures,”.
Plaques of Recognition, 2000, 2002 OAI Collaborative Core Research Programs Certificate of Recognition.
1996, 1997 NASA-ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow.
Certificate for Advanced Technology in Manufacturing Automation by NSF/SME.
Outstanding Paper Award, SCS 1994 Workshop on Neural-Network/Fuzzy Systems.
1993 Best Paper Presentation Award, American Control Conference.
1981 Design & Production Engineer Award, Sampo Corporation.
Selected Professional Activities
Honorary Visiting Professor, Hebei University of Science and Technology, 2018.
External Examiner of Multimedia University, Melaka, Malaysia since 2008.
Serving as Lead Guest Editor for Journal of Control Science and Engineering for the 2012 special issue in MEMS & NEMS Sensing, Control and Fabrication.
Founding Director of Innovative Learning Research for Technical Excellence at NASA NSC, Cleveland, OH 2007-2008 (Buyout from U of Akron).
Serving on The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Technical Committee (RAS TC) onSemiconductor Manufacturing Automation, term started November, 2006.
On the Editorial Board ofCybernetics and Systems (Open) Journalsince 2007.
On the Editorial Advisory Board ofAssembly Automation Journalsince 2003.
On the Editorial Advisory Board ofIndustrial Robot Journalsince 2007.
Consultant, Aircraft Braking System Corp., 1995 - 1999. The Technology House, Inc. 2003-2005. Electric Sensors Corp. 2006 – 2008.
Member of ASME, IEEE, ASEE, SME
Paper referee of ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, Robotica, Mechatronics, Journal of Robotic Systems, and ASME & IEEE Conf.
Selected Invited Presentations
“Dynamic Modeling and Real-Time Position Control of Closed-Chain Robot Manipulators”, University of Navada, Las Vegas, May, 1989.
“Fuzzy Logic Control of a Multi-Degree-of-Freedom Reaction Compensating Platform System”, NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH, Aug., 1993.
“Vibration Control of Composite Shell Structures with Piezoelectric Sensors/Actuators”, 1996 NASA-ASEE Summer Faculty Research Report, 73, September, 1996.
“New Algorithm for CAD-Directed CMM Dimensional Inspection Path Planning Using B-Rep Traversers Schemes”, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, April, 1997.
“Development of Smart Composite Cantilever Plate Structure for Aerospace Applications”, 1999 OAI CCRP Program, May, 2000.
“Coordinate Transformation Research for Accuracy Improvement of Geometric Metrology”, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, May, 2001.
“Inflight Deicing Using Self-Actuating Smart Structures”, 2001 OAI CCRP Program, April, 2002.
“Development of Self-Actuated In-Flight Deicing Technology Utilizing Smart Structure Concepts”, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, Nov., 2003.
“Development of a Novel Aircraft Deicing Technology Utilizing Smart Structure Concepts”, Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, MI, Feb., 2007.
“An Investigation of Buckypapers' Young's Modulus Utilizing Nanoscale Modeling and Molecular Dynamics”, Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX, July, 2007.
“Innovative Training Research Utilizing Contemporary Computer Technology”, NASA Safety Center, GRC, Cleveland, OH, August, 2007.
“An Investigation of Buckypapers' Young's Modulus Utilizing Nanoscale Modeling and Molecular Dynamics Simulation”, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX, Apr., 2008.
“Contemporary Distance Training of Safety and Mission Assurance for Technical Excellence – Mediasite Tool Implementation”, NASA Safety Center, Cleveland, OH, May, 2008.
“Innovative Leaning Research for Technical Excellence Utilizing Blackboard Digital Networks Technology”, NSC Technical Excellence STEP Summit, Cleveland, OH, July, 2008.
“Nanofiber Integrated Nanopolymer Sheets in Engineering Applications”, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, Apr., 2013.
“Vision and Perspectives of Engineering and Technology Education”, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL., Apr., 2013.
“Nanomaterial Fabrication for Mechatronic Applications to Aerospace Structural Health Monitoring”, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Ningbo, China, June, 2013.
“Low Carbon Manufacturing of Automotive Parts”, Hebei University of Science and Technology, Shijiajuang, China, October, 2015.
“Light-weight Design and Green Manufacturing of Dies and Molds for Auto Parts Fabrication”, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, March, 2016.
“The Innovation in Engineering Design Education”, invited Keynote Speech at 2016 Asian Engineering Deans’ Symposium, Hangzhou, May, 2016.
“Multi-Phased Flow Resolutions on Air Entrapment During Die Casting Processes”, Hebei University of Science and Technology, Shijiajuang, China, October, 2017.
“The Progressive Development in Additive Manufacturing Research and Education at University of Nottingham”, invited Keynote Speech at 2nd International Additive Manufacturing Technology Forum, October, 2017.
“Mechatronics Applications, Design for Manufacturing, and Energy Harvesting”, invited seminar, School of Design and Engineering, Jefferson University, Philadelphia, May, 2018.
“Aircraft Deicing, Buckypaper Applications and Energy Harvesting”, invited seminar, Department of Mechanical Engineering, SUNY Korea, Seoul, Korea, May, 2018.
“Flow-Induced Energy Harvesting Utilizing MFC Integrated Bluff Bodies Structures”, Hebei University of Science and Technology, Shijiajuang, China, June, 2018.
“Mechatronics Engineering Applications, Design for Manufacturing, and Energy Harvesting”, invited seminar, College of Engineering, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, August, 2018.
“Mechatronics Education and Research, and Vision on Team Building”, invited seminar, College of Engineering, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, April, 2019.
Recent Book Publications
Francis Nickols and YJ Lin, “Creating Precision Robots – A Project-Based Approach to the Study of Mechatronics and Robotics”, 1st Ed., Elsevier Publishing Co., London, UK, ISBN 9780128157589, Aug., 2018.
Francis Nickols and YJ Lin, “Omni-Directional Hexapod Walking Robots: Design and Programming of the Central Pattern Generator to Achieve Complex Behavior Patterns”, ASME Press Robotics Book Series, New York, NY, in press, 2019.
Selected Refereed Publications
Song, S.M. and Lin, Y.J., “A Computationally Efficient Method for Manipulator Dynamic Analysis”,Journal of Robotic Systems, 6 (2), 175-189, 1989.
Lin, Y.J. and Song, S.M., “A Comparative Study of Inverse Dynamics of Manipulators With Closed-Chain Geometry”,Journal of Robotic Systems, 7 (4), 507-534, 1990.
Lin, Y.J., Song, S.M., and Priemer, R., “Microcomputer-Based Real-Time Control of a Pantograph Mechanism Robot”,Engineering With Computers, 6 (1), 47-64, 1990.
Lin, Y.J. and Tegland, A., “Feasibility Study of Designing a Tripedal Robot”,Mechatronic Systems Engineering, 1, 343-357, 1992.
Lin, Y.J. and Lee, T.S., “Comprehensive Dynamic Modeling and Motion/Force Control of Flexible Manipulators”,Mechatronics, 2 (2), 129-148, 1992.
Lin, Y., Lu, Y. and Padovan, J., “Fuzzy Logic Control of Active Vehicle Suspension System”, I.Journal of Vehicle Design, 14 (5/6), 457-470, 1993.
Lin, Y.J. and Lee, T.S., “An Investigation of Fuzzy Logic Control of Flexible Robots”,Robotica, 11, 363-371, 1993.
Lee, T.S. and Lin, Y.J., “Numerical Integration Effectiveness in Inverse Dynamics Computation of Manipulator Systems”,Cybernetics and Systems, 24 (5), 355-374, 1993.
Lin, Y.J. and Zhang, H.Y., “Simplification of Manipulator Dynamic Formulation Utilizing Dimensionless Method”,Robotica, 11, 139-147, 1993.
Gogate, S.D. and Lin, Y.J., “Formulations and Control of Robots with Link and Joint Flexibility”,Robotica, 11, 273-282, 1993.
Lee, T.S. and Lin, Y.J., “Shear Deformation Effect in Design Considerations of Flexible Manipulators”,Robotica, 11, 83-92, 1993.
Lin, Y.J. and Mandalinich, M., “An Implementation of Drive Key Cellular Manufacturing”, I.Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, 34 (1), 43-54, 1994.
Lin, Y.J. and Lu, Y., “Passivity Driven Fuzzy Logic Control of a Multi-Degree-of-Freedom Reaction Compensating System”,I. J. Systems Sci., 26 (10), 2005-2014, 1995.
Lin, Y.J. and Gregg, E., “Correlation Between Die Opening Gauge and Die Swell for Steel-Rubber Composite Extrusion”, J. Polymer Eng. and Sci., 36 (23), 2881-2890, 1996.
Lin, Y.J. and Yu, A., “Linear Robust Trajectory Control of Flexible Joint Manipulators”,Robotica, 14 (3), 375-380, 1996.
Lin, Y.J. and Lee, G.H., “System Identification for State-Feedback Integral Observer Control of Polymer Plastic Extrusion”,J. Polymer Plastic Tech. & Engng., 36 (5), 749-775, 1997.
Lee, T.S. and Lin,Y.J., “Nonlinear Dynamic Strain Analysis on Rotor Blade Structures with Embedded Piezoceramic Sensors for Active Vibration Control”,J. Mechatronics, 8, 805-820, 1998.
Lin, Y.J. and Lee, T.S., “An Adaptive Tool Path Generation Algorithm for Precision Surface Machining”,Computer-Aided Design, 31, 237-247, 1999.
Lee, T.S. and Lin, Y.J., “An Improved Sculptured Part Surface Design Method with Jerk Continuity Consideration for a Smooth Machining”,I. J. Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 15, 640-648, 1999.
Lin, Y.J. and Murugappan, P., “A New Algorithm for Determining a Collision-Free Path for a CMM Probe”,I. J. Machine Tools and Manufacture, 39 (9), 1397-1408, 1999.
Lin, Y.J., Lee, T., Choi, B. and Saravanos, D., “An Application of Smart Structure Technology to Rotor Blade Tip Vibration Control”,J. Vibration and Control, 5, 639-658, 1999.
Lee, T. and Lin, Y.J., "A 3-D Predictive Cutting Force Model for End Milling of Parts Having Sculptured Surfaces",I. J. Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 16, 773-783, 2000.
Zhou, L.R. and Lin, Y.J., “An Effective Global Gauge Detection in Toolpath Planning for Freeform Surface Machining”,I. J. Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 18, 461-473, 2001.
Lin, Y.J., Mahabalesh, R., and Massina, E., "CAD-Based CMM Dimensional Inspection Path Planning - A Generic Algorithm",Robotica, 19, 137-148, 2001.
Lin, Y.J., Damodharan, R. and Shakarji, C., “Standardized Reference Data Sets Generation for CMM Software Assessment”,I. J. Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 18, 819-830, 2001.
Lin, Y.J. and Uhler, A., “Shortening the Design for Assembly Process Time for Torque Converter Development”,Assembly Automation Journal, 22 (3), 248-259, 2002.
Lin, Y.J. and Farahati, R., “Optimum Assembly Design Utilizing a Behavioral Modeling Concept”,Assembly Automation Journal, 23, 2, 181-191, 2003.
Banka, N. and Lin, Y.J., “Mechanical Design for Assembly of a 4-DOF Robotic Arm Utilizing Top-Down Concept”,Robotica, 21, 567-573, 2003.
Lin, Y.J. and Farahati, R., “CAD-Based Virtual Assembly Prototyping – A Case Study”,I. J. Adv. Manufacturing Tech., 21, 4, 263-274, 2003.
Xu, H., Lin, Y.J. and Chan, C.C., “A Web-Based Product Modeling Tool – A Preliminary Development”, I. J.Adv. Manufacturing Tech., 21, 669-677, 2003.
Jaganathan, A. and Lin, Y.J., “Accurate Machining of Freeform Surfaces by Restraining Cutter Contouring Errors”,I. J. Adv. Manufacturing Tech., 21, 627-636, 2003.
Huang, M.Y., Lin, Y.J. and Xu, H., “A Framework for Web-Based Product Database Management Using J2EE”,I. J. Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 24 (12), 847-852, 2004.
Lin, Y.J. and Colello, M., “Exploring the Transitional Impacts of 2-D to 3-D Design Environment for Torque Converters Development”,I. J. Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 23 (6), 389-398, 2004.
Venna, S. and Lin, Y.J., “Mechatronic Development of Self-Actuating In-Flight Deicing Structures”,IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 11 (5), pp. 585-592, 2006.
Venna, S. and Lin, Y.J., “An Analytical Development of a Universal Displacement Measurement System for Ultra-Precision Metrology”,Cybernetics and Systems, 37 (8), pp. 879-899, 2006.
Lee, T.S., Ting, T.O., Lin, Y.J. and Htay, T., “A Particle Swarm Approach for Grinding Process Optimization Analysis”,I. J. Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 33, pp. 1128-1135, 2007.
Venna, S., Lin, Y.J. and Botura, G., “Piezoelectric Transducer Actuated Leading Edge De-icing with Simultaneous Shear and Impulse Forces”,AIAA Journal of Aircraft, 44 (2), pp. 509-515, 2007.
Clark, S. and Lin, Y.J., “CAD Tools Integration for Robot Kinematics Design Assurance with Case Studies on PUMA Robots”,Industrial Robot, 34 (3), pp. 240-248, 2007.
Khrais, S. and Lin, Y.J., “Wear Mechanisms and Tool Performance of TiAlN PVD Coated Inserts During Machining of AISI 4140 Steel”,Wear, 262 (1-2), pp. 64-69, 2007.
Lin, Y.J. and Song, S.M., “A comparative study of inverse dynamics of manipulators with closed-chain geometry”, online publication,Journal of Field Robotics, DOI: 10.1002/rob.4620070402, March 2007.
Lin, Y.J., Agrawal, A. and Fang, Y., “Wear Progressions and Tool Life Enhancement with AlCrN Coated Inserts in High-Speed Dry and Wet Steel Lathing”,Wear,264 (3-4), pp. 226-234, 2008.
Fang, Y. and Lin, YJ, “Optimal Production Policy for a Multi-Stage Kanban Managed Flexible Production System”,ICIC Express Letters, International Journal of Research and Surveys, 4 (4), pp. 1337-1343, 2010.
Lee, T.S., Rao, P.V., Lin, Y.J., Ting, T.O. and Venkatesh, V.C., “Evolutionary Algorithms on Diamond Grinding of SiC”,International Journal of Precision Technology, 2 (1), pp. 1-11, 2011.
Gi, Y., Soong, C.-J. and Lin, Y.J., “An Investigation of Nanotube-Integrated Buckysheets' Properties with Molecular Dynamics Modeling and Analysis”,Journal of Eng. Inventions, 1(8), pp. 31-37, 2012.
Venna, S. and Lin, Y.J., “An Effective Approach for Optimal PZT Vibration Absorber Placement on Composite Structures”,Int’l Journal of Modern Mechanical Engineering, 3, pp. 21-26, 2013.
Soong, C.J. and Lin, Y.J., “Molecular Dynamics Study of Oral Medicine Delivery Rates Attributed by Two Drug Particles’ Shapes”,Int’l Journal of Bioscience, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics, 3 (3), pp. 279-283, 2013.
Huang, T., He, Y., Nie, Y., Wang, Y., Lin, YJ, and Hao, J., “Shape Optimization for Weight Reduction of Polymer Extrusion Die”,Applied Mechanics and Materials, https://doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.799-800.261, 799-800, pp. 261-265, 2015.
Chen, C., Wang, Y., Ou, H. and Lin, Y.J., “Energy-based Approach to Thermal Fatigue Life of Tool Steels for Die Casting Dies”,I. Journal of Fatigue, 92 (1), pp. 166-178, 2016.
Zhang, G. and Lin, Y.J., “A Nonlinear Flow-Induced Energy Harvester by Considering Effects of Fictitious Springs”,Materials Research Express, 5 (1), https://doi.org/10.1088/2053-1591/aaa30e, 2018.
Chen, C., Lin, Y.J., Wang, Y., and Ou, H., “Study of heat source calibration and modelling for laser welding process”, submitted toI. Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing, 2018.
Zhang, G., Klumpner, C. and Lin, Y.J., “An Investigation on Cantilevered T-Shaped Energy Harvester Powered by Flow-Induced Torsional Vibration”,Journal of Smart Materials and Structures, 28 (2), pp. 78-85, 2018.
Northern Illinois University (2019 – present)
Director and Professor, Mechatronics Engineering Program
Valparaiso University (2018-2019)
Director and Professor, Valpo-DJTU Engineering Dual Degree Program
Dalian Jiao Tong University, engineering program in College of International Education
University of Nottingham (2014-2018)
Associate Provost (Ningbo, China) – Global Engagement (2016-2018)
Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Ningbo campus (2014-2016)
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Head, Mechatronics Engineering and Vehicle Application Research Group
Director, Center for Sustainable Energy Technology
Editorial Advisory Boards (2002-2008)
Industrial robots, Assembly Automation, Sensors and Actuators
University of Texas at Tyler (2008-2013)
Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering
NASA Safety Center
Director of Innovative Learning Research Division (2007-2008)
University of Akron (1988-2008)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago (1981-1988)
Postdoctoral Research Asso. w/ Chicago VA Hospital, Supervisor Prof. Simon Song
RA & TA – Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sampo Corporation (1979 -1981)
Design Engineer, for refrigerators, washers, dryers, R&D Division.