Assistant professor Jinhui Yan has been selected as a 2022-23 Levenick Teaching Sustainability Fellow by the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE). Yan joins seven other faculty members as part of this year’s cohort, which hails from across the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus — and beyond. One of the fellows represents a collaboration with the Zhejiang University International Campus; another will offer a class jointly with the University of Manchester, UK. All eight Teaching Fellows will incorporate sustainable thinking into existing classes or create entirely new courses built around eco-friendly elements.
Yan joined the CEE at Illinois structural engineering faculty in 2018. His research is centered on computational mechanics, including fluid-structure interaction in high-speed flow regions and thermal multi-phase flows in capillary flow regions. Yan and his students actively develop and apply advanced computational methods to multi-physics problems related to energy, defense and advanced manufacturing (especially additive manufacturing of metals). Yan plans to use the Levenick fellowship funding to enhance CEE 360 “Structural Engineering” with sustainability awareness and materials, and add analysis of environmental, energy and economic impacts.