Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Departmental Research Area
Nano Technology, Microsystems, Thermofluid, Energy
Individual Research Interest
Micro-/nano-scale fluid dynamics and heat transfer; Micropumping and micromixing; Thermal management for microelectronics; Energy saving and energy harvesting devices; Chemi/bioanalytical devices.
Prof Yao received the BS degree in engineering mechanics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2000, and the MS and the PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford in 2001 and 2005, where her research investigated electrokinetic transport phenomena in porous media for microelectronics cooling. Before joining the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where she was engaged in developing ultrafast microfluidic mixers for studies of protein folding kinetics.