Dr Eui-Hyeok Yang Dong Yang is a full professor of Mechanical Engineering Department at Stevens Institute of Technology. He worked as a Senior Member of the Engineering Staff at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). In recognition of his excellence in advancing the use of MEMS-based actuators for NASA’s space applications, he received the prestigious Lew Allen Award for Excellence at JPL in 2003. He joined Stevens Institute of Technology in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2006. Currently, his group’s research covers the growth and nanofabrication of graphene, carbon nanotubes and 2D materials, as well as the implementation of tunable wetting and surface interaction. Dr Yang’s service to the professional community includes formal appointments such as Editorial Board Member of Nature’s Scientific Reports and Elsevier NANOSO and Associate Editor of IEEE Sensors and ASME JEECS. Dr Yang has published hundreds of papers and provided keynotes, presentations, and seminars at various academic and industrial events.
Stevens Institute of Technology is named after a family of accomplished inventors and engineers who also oversaw the development of Hoboken from an old farm into a thriving city. In 1784, the land now occupied by Stevens Institute of Technology was purchased by John Stevens, who would later reverse engineer the British steam locomotive to American standards for domestic manufacture. This innovation would be employed by ferries to Manhattan which still run from Hoboken’s piers. Robert Stevens, one of John’s sons, invented the flanged T rail, a form of railroad rail in prevalent use today including from the Lackawanna Terminal of Hoboken whose docks are also in a style designed by Robert. Along with his brother Edwin A. Stevens, Robert created America’s first commercial railroad presently operating as a large portion of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.
John Cox Stevens, John Stevens’ eldest son, was the first commodore of the New York Yacht Club. He and his brother Edwin built the yacht America and were aboard its 1851 regatta victory in England, later recognized as the first winner of the America’s Cup; the competition bears the namesake of Stevens’ yacht. The NY Yacht Club would defend its title until the 1983 race.
Edwin died in 1868. In his will, he left a bequest for the establishment of an “institution of learning,” providing his trustees with land and funds. Edwin’s will was executed by surviving wife Martha Stevens who would also serve as a lifetime Trustee of the Institute. Martha Stevens oversaw much of the family’s philanthropy toward the City of Hoboken including founding of the Church of the Holy Innocents as a free Episcopal church, a foundling hospital and birthing center at St Mary’s Hospital; the Robert L. Stevens Fund for Municipal Research; manual training schools for both boys and young girls in Hoboken; the Hoboken Public Library and Manual Training School.
This profile appears in the World Book of Researchers 2018.
Information correct as on 04 July 2018 0456 HRS GMT.