Maria C. YangRobert N. Noyce Career Development Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307
Design methods, design process, product design, information capture and retrieval, interaction design
PhD, Mechanical Engineering (Design Division), Stanford University, 2000
MS, Mechanical Engineering (Design Division), Stanford University, 1994
SB, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991
2003-2007 Asst. Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Univ. of Southern California
2002-2003 Instructor, Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
1999-2002 Designer/Director of Design, Reactivity, Inc.
Honors and Awards
2006 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award
1999-2007 MIT Mechanical Engineering Visiting Committee (Presidential Appointee)
1991-1994 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
Selected Journal Publications
C. Elsen, J. Demaret, M. C. Yang, and P. Leclercq (2012). "Sketch‐Based Interfaces for Modeling and Users' Needs: Redefining Connections." AI EDAM: Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing. 24(3):303-316.
H. Ji, M. C. Yang, and T. Honda (2012) “An approach to the extraction of probabilistic preference-related information from design team language.” Research in Engineering Design. 23(2):85-103
T. Honda, F. Ciucci, and M. C. Yang. (2012) “An Information Passing Strategy for Achieving Pareto Optimality in the Design of Complex Systems.” Research in Engineering Design. 23(1):71–83
C. J. Walthall, S. Devanathan, K. Ramani, E. D. Hirleman, L. G. Kisselburgh, and M. C. Yang. (2011) “Evaluating Wikis as a Communicative Medium for Collaboration within Co-located and Distributed Engineering Design Teams.” ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. 133(7):071001.
M. C. Yang (2010). "Consensus and Single Leader Decision-making in Teams Using Structured Design Methods." Design Studies. 31(4):345-362.
J. Lai, T. Honda, and M. C. Yang. (2010) “A Study of the Role of User-Centered Design Methods in Design Team Projects.” AI EDAM: Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing. 24(3):303-316.
M. C. Yang.(2009) “Observations on Concept Quantity and Sketching in Design.” Research in Engineering Design. 20(1):1-11 .
Z. Li , M. C. Yang, and K. Ramani (2009). "A Methodology for Engineering Ontology Acquisition and Validation.” AI EDAM: Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing. 23(1): 37-51.
M. C. Yang and Y. Jin. (2008) “An Examination of Team Effectiveness in Distributed and Co-located Engineering Teams.” International Journal of Engineering Education. 24(2): 400-408.
M. C. Yang and J. G. Cham (2007) “An Analysis of Sketching Skill and its Role in Early Stage Engineering Design.” ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. 129(5): 476-482.
M. C. Yang. (2005) "A study of prototypes, design activity, and design outcome." Design Studies. 26 (6): 649-669.
M. C. Yang, W. Wood and M. Cutkosky. (2005) "Design information retrieval: a thesauri-based approach for reuse of informal design information." Engineering with Computers. 21 (2): 177-192.
J. T. Dennerlein and M. C. Yang. (2001) "Haptic Force-Feedback Devices for the Office Computer: Performance and Musculoskeletal Loading Issues." Human Factors. 43 (2): 278-86.
D. Crow and M. C. Yang. (2001) “Industry Briefs: Reactivity.” ACM Interactions. 8(2): 71 – 74.