Dr. Guirong (Grace) Yan [curriculum vitae

Director of Wind Hazard Mitigation (WHAMLaboratory

Associate Professor, Ph.D.

Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Rolla, MO, 65409

Tel: +1 (573) 341 6280

Email: yang@mst.edu



Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, P.R. China, 2006        
M.S.,   Structural Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, P.R. China, 2002
B.S.,   Civil Engineering, Harbin Commerce University, Harbin, P.R. China, 1998                                               


Research Interests

  • Computational wind engineering (CFD simulations of different wind fields, such as tornadoes and hurricanes)
  • Improvement of tornado risk awareness through virtual reality animation, social science, and behavior finance
  • Wind hazard mitigation to achieve resilient communities and cities by improving design codes and reinforcing strategies
  • Structural health monitoring and condition assessment  (Linear/Nonlinear system identification and damage detection under multi-hazard environments)

Professional Experience
  • Assistant Professor (Aug. 2012- Aug. 2014)
       Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
  • Lecturer (Feb. 2010-Aug. 2012)
       School of Engineering, University of Western Sydney (UWS), Australia
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate (Oct. 2009-Feb. 2010)
       School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate (Jun. 2008-Sept. 2009)
       Dept. of Mechanical, Aerospace and Structural Engineering, Washington University            in St. Louis
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate (Jun. 2007-May 2008)
       Dept. of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, Polytechnic University of  Turin, Italy


  • CE/ArchE 3210: Structural Design in Metals
  • CE 5001: Special Topics: Wind Engineering
  • CE 3343 Structural Analysis I (UTEP)
  • CE 5318 Bridge Engineering (UTEP)
  • CE 5305 Advanced Structural Analysis (UTEP)


  • Missouri S&T Research Acceleration Award, 2019
  • UTEP Outstanding Research Performance Award, 2014
  • NSF Fellow for ENHANCE (NSF-National Science Foundation), 2013
  • TRB faculty Mentor (TRB-Transportation Research Board)
  • ASCE ExCEEd Fellow, 2016