Faculty

Yi-Lung Mo, Ph.D., P.E.
Dr. Yi-Lung Mo, Ph.D., P.E.
John and Rebecca Moores Professor
Office Location: N112 Engineering Building 1, Houston, TX 77204-4003
Phone: 713-743-4274 | Fax: 713-743-4260
Email: yilungmo [at] central [dot] uh [dot] edu

Education: 

Ph.D. Structural Engineering, University of Hannover, Germany, 1982
M.S. Computer Science, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, 1989
M.S. Structural Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, 1979
B.S. Civil Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, 1977

Professional Experience: 

2000 – Present: Professor, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
2007 – 2009, 2019-2023: Senator, Faculty Senate, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
2003 – 2016: Director, Thomas T.C. Hsu Structural Research Laboratory, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
2003 – 2009, 2011- 2016, 2019 - Present: Advisor, National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering, Taipei, Taiwan
1998: Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, Stanford, California
1994 – 2000: Professor, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
1999 – 2000: Research Professor, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
1997 – 2000: Head, Fundamental Research Division, National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering, Taipei, Taiwan
1997 – 1999: Director of Structural Laboratories, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, Taiwan
1995: Alexander von Humboldt Visiting Professor, University of Hannover, Germany
1990: Visiting Engineer, Korean Power Engineering Company, Seoul, South Korea
1991 – 1994: Associate Professor, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, Taiwan
1989 – 1991: Engineering Analyst, Sargent and Lundy Engineers, Chicago, Illinois
1984 – 1989: Structural Engineering Designer, Sargent and Lundy Engineers, Chicago, Illinois
1982 – 1984: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
1979 – 1982: Research Assistant, University of Hannover, Hannover, Germany
1977 – 1979: Research Assistant, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
1976 – 1977: Research Assistant, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan

Classes: 

CIVE 3332: Engineering Materials
CIVE 4312: Civil Engineering Design Project
CIVE4363: Concrete Design
CIVE 6111: Graduate Seminar
CIVE 6337: Matrix Analysis of Structures
CIVE 6355: Introduction to Dynamics of Structures
CIVE 6397: Concrete Structure Systems
CIVE 7336: Finite Element Methods
CIVE 7338: Dynamics of Structures
CIVE 7340: Earthquake Engineering
CIVE 7352: Unified Theory of Concrete Structures
Mechanics of Materials (Courses Taught at Other Institutions)
Theory of Structures (Courses Taught at Other Institutions)
Reinforced Concrete (Courses Taught at Other Institutions)
Advanced Concrete Design (Courses Taught at Other Institutions)
Computer-Aided Structural Design (Courses Taught at Other Institutions)
Earthquake-Resistant Design (Courses Taught at Other Institutions)
Earthquake Engineering (Courses Taught at Other Institutions)
Dynamic Behavior of Concrete Structures (Courses Taught at Other Institutions)
Automation in Structural Design (Courses Taught at Other Institutions)
Piping Design Expert System (Courses Taught at Other Institutions)

Students Supervised: 

THESIS/DISSERTATION SUPERVISION (SINCE JOINING UH)

Recent Visiting Scholars (A Total of 35):

  • Shijiang Zhang (09/01/2019 – 11/30/2019)
    (Ph.D. Student of Huaqiao University, China)
    Project Title: Finite Element Simulation of Inverted-T Bridge Bents

  • Aldo Corona (03/01/2019 – 08/31/2019)
    (Master Student of University of Parma, Italy)
    Project Title: Finite Element Simulation of Steel Plate Concrete Structures

  • Vincenzo Lippolis (03/01/2019 – 08/31/2019)
    (Master Student of University of Parma, Italy)
    Project Title: Structural Performance of Skew Reinforcement in Bridge Bent Caps

  • Jiaji Wang (12/01/2018 – 02/28/2019)
    (Ph.D. Student of Tsinghua University, China)
    Project Title: Constitutive Models of Composite Structures

  • Fabio Antonio Bennici (10/01/2018 – 03/31/2019)
    (Master Student of University of Parma, Italy)
    Project Title: Finite Element Simulation of Concrete Structures

 

Recent Post-doc Researchers (A Total of 6):

  • Jiaji Wang (07/15/19 – 08/31/21)
    Research Title: Structural Performance of Composite Structures

  • Michael Ho (09/01/18 – 05/31/19, co-supervision)

    Research Title: Development of Advanced Fiber Bragg Grating Based Sensors

 

Recent Ph.D. Dissertation Students (A Total of 25):

  • Bhagirath Joshi (in progress)
    Thesis Title: Carbon Nanofiber Aggregates for Civil Infrastructures subjected to Multi-hazard

  • Sharon Huang (in progress)
    Thesis Title: Periodic Barriers for Seismic Isolation of Buried Structures

  • Tianmin Zhou (graduated in December 2019)
    Thesis Title: Model-based Simulation of Steel Plate Concrete Composite Structures

  • Satya Roy (graduated in August 2019)
    Dissertation Title: Structural Performance of Skewed Reinforcing in Inverted-T Bridge Caps

  • Mahadi Masud (graduated in May 2019)
    Thesis Title: Non-Contact Lap Splices in Geometrically Dissimilar Bridge Column to Drilled Shaft Connections Interface

  • Jamshaid Sawab (graduated in May 2019)
    Dissertation Title: Composite Steel Plate Concrete (SC) Structures: Theory and Experiment

Recent M.S. Thesis Students (A Total of 16):

  • Yagiz Oz (in progress)
    Thesis Title: Implementation of Skewed Reinforcing in Inverted-T Bridge Caps
  • Avinash Gautam (graduated in May 2019)
    Thesis Title: Study of Carbon Nano-Fiber Aggregates with AC Measurements

 

Research Awards: 

Fellow of International Association of Advanced Materials, Stockholm, Sweden, (In recognition of Contribution to Strengthening the Advancement of Materials), 2020.
John and Rebecca Moores Professor Award, (In recognition of Outstanding contributions in Research, Scholarship, and/or Creative Activities), Teaching and Service, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 2019.
Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers, (In recognition of Celebrated Contributions and Developed Creative Solutions that Change Lives around the World), 2017.
Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow Award, (In recognition as the outstanding international researcher in a specific research area), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, 1995.

Academic Awards: 

W.T. Kittinger Teaching, the College's most prestigious teaching honor, College of Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 2018.
Teaching Excellence Award, Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 2017.
Outstanding Teacher Award, Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 2007
Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Civil Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, 1997.

Other Awards and Honors: 

Who's Who in the World
Who's Who in Science and Engineering
Who's Who in Finance and Industry
Who's Who in American Education
Who's Who in America
Dictionary of International Biography
Men of Achievement
Five hundred Leaders of Influence
Scholarship: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Germany, 1982
Scholarship: Prestressed System Inc., USA, 1982-1984

Research Interests: 

Primary research interests are related to the behavior and design of Reinforced/ Prestressed Concrete, Steel, Hybrid and Composite Structures subjected to seismic and blast loads. Current research includes the following topics.  (83 invited talks, 256 journal and 169 conference publications, 5 books, 4 book chapters, 8 awarded and 3 pending patents, google scholar citation=6568, h-index=44, i10-index=115)

  • Development of advanced/smart materials and structures for vibration control and damage detection.
  • Development of innovative structural systems (such as small modular reactors supported by metamaterial-based foundation, prestressed concrete box bridges with corrugated steel webs and reinforced concrete buildings with corrugated steel shearwalls) for seismic resistant design.
  • Implementation of new materials (such as ultra-high performance concrete, advanced composites, smart materials) into seismic design, retrofit and repair of engineering structures.
  • Dynamic experimental studies on materials, structural components and systems.
  • Constitutive models of reinforced, prestressed, prestressed steel fiber and steel plate concrete subjected to shear and/or torsion.
  • Computer vision and finite element simulation of engineering structures subjected to multi-hazard.
  • Application of artificial intelligence and nanoscale technology to engineering structures.

Patents: 

“Carbon nanofiber aggregate for water flooding detection” (2020), provisional patent in US with X. Shan, B. Joshi and J. Wang, Application Submitted.
“Metamaterial-Based Vibration Isolation Systems or Methods for Enhanced Rail Safety” (2020), provisional patent in US with J. Wang, Application Submitted.
“Systems and Methods for Periodic Material-Based Seismic Isolation for Underground Structures” (2018), nonprovisional patent in US with F. Witarto, Pending Serial Number 16/074,227.
“Periodic Material-Based Seismic Isolation System,” (2014). Patent Number: US20140174001 A1, nonprovisional patent in US with Y.Yan.

Invited Presentations / Lectures: 

“Periodic Metamaterials for Vibration Isolation of Engineering Structures,” 31st Assembly of Advanced Materials Congress, (Keynote Lecture), December 8-13.2019, Orlando, FL.

“Periodic Metamaterials for Seismic Base isolation of Energy Storage Facilities,” International Conference on Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, (Keynote Lecture), June 24-25, 2019, Tokyo, Japan.

“Carbon Nanofiber Aggregate Sensors for Sustaining Resilience of Nuclear Power Plants to Multi-Hazards,” 2nd International Conference on Energy Materials and Fuel Cell Research, (Keynote Lecture), August 27-28, 2018, Boston, MA.

“Periodic Materials for Dynamic Design of Energy Infrastructures,” 14th International Conference on Energy and Materials Research, (Keynote Lecture), December 6-7, 2017, Dallas, TX.

“Satellite-based Big Data for Resilience of Critical Infrastructures subjected to Natural and Man-made Disasters,” International Conference and Exhibition on Satellite, (Keynote Lecture) Houston, Texas, August 17-19, 2015.

Conference Presentations: 

Mo, Y.L., H.W. Huang, J. Wang, F.-Y. Menq, K. Stokoe, (2021). “Full-Scale Field Tests on 1D Periodic Barriers,” 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Sendai, Japan, September 13-18.
Xu, B., J. Wang, H. Chen and Y.L. Mo, (2021) “Multiscale simulation on the mechanism of debonding defect detection for concrete-filled steel tubes with piezoelectric materials,” International Conference on Advances in Functional Materials, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, August 18-20.
Joshi, B., X. Shan, J. Wang, X. Yang, Y. Öz and Y. L. Mo, (2021).” Correlation of Impedance and Compressive Stress of Carbon Nanofiber Aggregates for Structural Health Monitoring,” ASCE Earth and Space Conference, Seattle, WA, April 20-23.
Huang, H.W., J. Wang, F.-Y. Menq, Y. L. Mo and K. Stokoe, (2019). “Seismic Performance of Periodic Metamaterial Barriers,” International Conference in Commemoration of 20th Anniversary of the 1999 Chi-Chi Earthquake, National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering, Taipei, Taiwan, September 15-19.
Zhou, T., J. Sawab, Y.L. Mo and T.T.C. Hsu, (2019). “Development of CSMM-Based Membrane and Shell Elements for Concrete Structures,” OpenSEES Days Eurasia, Hong Kong, June 20-21, 2019.

Refereed Journal Publications: 

Nie, X., J.J. Wang, M. Tao, J. Fan, Y.L. Mo, Z. Zhang, (2020). “Experimental Study of Shear Critical Reinforced Concrete Shear Walls under Tension-Bending-Shear Combined Cyclic Load. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 146(5): 04020047. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0002596.
Mo, Y. L., R N. Howser, A. Gautam, S. Dhonde, and G. Song, (2020). “Temperature Sensing and Hydration Study of Carbon Nanofiber Aggregates,” ASCE Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 33(2), 04020002. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)AS.1943-5525.0001111
Masud, M., H. Chen, J. Sawab, H.W. Huang, B. Xu, Y. L. Mo and T. T. C. Hsu, (2020). “Performance of Non-contact Lap Splices in Geometrically Dissimilar Bridge Column to Drilled Shaft Connections”, Engineering Structures, 209: 110000. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2019.110000
Chen, H., B. Xu, J. Wang, L. Luan, T.M. Zhou, X. Nie and Y.L. Mo, (2019). “Interfacial Debonding Detection for Rectangular CFST Using the MASW Method and Its Physical Mechanism Analysis at the Meso-Level,” Sensors, 19, 2778. https://doi.org/10.3390/s19122778
Witarto, W., S.J. Wang, C.Y. Yang, J.J. Wang, Y.L. Mo, K.C. Chang, and Yu Tang, (2019). “Three-Dimensional Periodic Materials as Seismic Base Isolator for Nuclear Infrastructure,” AIP Advances 9, 045014. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5088609

Books / Book Chapters: 

Mo, Y.L., A. Gautam, A., Chen, Y., Chen, J. and Joshi, B., (2019), Smart Nanoconcretes and Cement-Based Materials, Edited by M. S. Liew, P. Nguyen-Tri, T. A. Nguyen and S. Kakooei, Elsevier Science Publishers B. V., Amsterdam/ London / New York / Tokyo.
Mo, Y.L., Tadepalli, P.R., Hoffman, N. and Hsu, T.T.C., (2013), Infrastructure Systems for Nuclear Energy, Edited by T.T.C. Hsu, C.L. Wu and J.L. Lin, John Wiley & Sons.
Hsu, T.T.C. and Mo, Y.L., (2010), Unified Theory of Concrete Structures, John Wiley & Sons.
Abdeldjelil Belarbi, Mo, Y.L., Ayoub, A. (2009), Thomas T.C. Hsu Symposium: Shear and Torsion in Concrete Structures, ACI Special Publication SP-265, American Concrete Institute, Farmington, MI, March.
Shi, C. and Mo, Y.L. (Editors), (2007), High Performance Construction Materials, World Scientific.
Mo, Y. L., (2005), “Reinforced Concrete Structures,” Handbook of Vibration and Shock, Edited by C. de Silva, CRC Press, Inc., Boca Raton / Ann Arbor /London / Tokyo.
Issa, M. and Mo, Y.L., (Editors), (2003). Large-Scale Structural Testing, ACI Special Publication SP-211, American Concrete Institute, Farmington, MI, March.
Mo, Y. L., (2002), “Reinforced Concrete Structures,” Chapter 13, Handbook of Earthquake Engineering, Edited by W. F. Chen and C. Scawthorn, CRC Press, Inc., Boca Raton / Ann Arbor /London / Tokyo.
Mo, Y. L., (1994), Dynamic Behavior of Concrete Structures, Elsevier Science Publishers B. V., Amsterdam/ London / New York / Tokyo, 424pp.