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Yu is sixth faculty member to receive prestigious NSF CAREER award

Cheng Yu, assistant professor, Department of Engineering TechnologyCheng Yu, assistant professor of engineering technology, is among the 2010 recipients of the National Science Foundation CAREER award grant. The grant is the most prestigious award that NSF gives to young investigators, and is given to support early research that effectively integrates development activities with educational outreach. Yu's grant amount is $400,010.

Yu’s project, Comprehensive Research on Cold-Formed Steel Sheathed Shear Walls, studies the strength of walls in buildings and structural design. Yu proposes an improved, systematic testing method to study cold-formed steel walls in mid- to low-rise buildings under realistic loading conditions.

This research has important consequences for public safety - buildings can be better designed to distribute load for strength and reliability in the event of disasters such as earthquakes or hurricanes. Designing safer, improved structures will additionally make the U.S. building industry more competitive, create jobs and promote economic recovery.

The educational component to Yu’s work involves developing a course curriculum, textbook and associated lab manual with the latest design theories for use by educators, students and professionals.  Yu also is initiating a nationwide student competition about cold-formed steel structural design and innovation in collaboration with professional societies and other universities. These strategies will nationally promote education about cold-formed steel structures.

Yu is the sixth faculty member to receive a CAREER awards. Others are:

The CAREER award winners are eligible for NSF nomination for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. Mihalcea is the first UNT CAREER recipient to receive this award.

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