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Yu, Miao

Yu, Miao

Mechanical Engineering
Office of Advanced Engineering Education
2108 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088


  • Ph.D., (Mechanical Engineering) University of Maryland, 2002
  • M.S., (Engineering Mechanics) Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 1998
  • B.S., (Engineering Mechanics) Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 1996


  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from National Science Foundation (2007)
  • Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) Award from Air Force Office of Scientific Research (2007)
  • The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (2006)
  • Invention of the Year Award in the Physical Sciences Category from the University of Maryland (2002)
  • Six invention disclosures, three U.S. patents in the area of fiber-optic sensor systems


  • Paper Reviewer for Journal of Precision Engineering, Journal of Mechatronics, and Journal of Experimental Mechanics, AIAA Journal, Journal of Experimental Mechanics, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Journal of Acoustic Society of America, IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems
  • ASEE Field Reviewer for Post-doctoral Fellowship Proposals
  • Program Committee of SPIE Conference on Modeling, Signal Processing and Control, since 2004
  • Technical Committee of ASME-IMECE on Dynamics and Control of Structures and Systems, since 2006
  • Program Committee of SPIE Optics East Conference on Sensors for Harsh Environments, 2007
  • Program Committee of SPIE Photonics Asia Conference on Advanced Materials and  Devices for Sensing and Imaging, 2007

Optical sensors Sensor mechanics and material behavior at multiple spatial scales Micro-scale and nano-scale sensor systems Sensors for civil, mechanical, electrical, biochemical, biomechanics, biology, medical, and environmental applications, and sensor networks Adaptive optics Wavefront sensing and control Imaging through turbulence Smart materials and structures Theoretical and experimental mechanics


  • Y. Liu and M. Yu, "Investigation of inclined dual-fiber optical tweezers for 3D manipulation and force sensing," Opt. Express, 17, 13624-13638, 2009.


  • H. Liu, M. Yu, and X. M. Zhang, “Biomimetic optical directional microphone with structurally coupled diaphragms,”  Applied Physics Letters, 93, 243902, 2008.
  • M. Yu, X. Long, and B. Balachandran, “Sensor diaphragm under initial tension: nonlinear responses and design implications,” Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol. 312, pp. 39–54, 2008.
  • S. Nesson, M. Yu, X. M. Zhang, and A. Hsieh, “Miniature fiber-optic pressure sensor with composite polymer-metal diaphragm for intradiscal pressure measurements,” Journal of Biomedical Optics, Vol. 13(4), 044040, 2008.
  • L. Currano, S. Bauman, W. Churaman, M. Peckerar, J. Wienke, S. Kim, M. Yu, and B. Balachandran, “Latching MEMS shock sensors for ultra-low power acceleration monitoring,” Sensors and Actuators A: Physical,  Vol. 147 (2), pp. 490-497, 2008.


  • W. M. Zhu, T. Zhong, A. Q. Liu, X. M. Zhang, and M. Yu, “Micromachined optical well structure for thermo-optic switching,” Applied Physics Letters, 91, 261106, 2007.


  • M. Yu and B. Balachandran, “Pressure sensor diaphragm under initial tension: linear analysis,” Experimental Mechanics, Vol. 45 (2): pp 123-129, 2005.


  • M. Yu and M. A. Vorontsov, “Compensation of distant phase-distorting layers I: Narrow field of view adaptive receiver system,” Journal of the Optical Society of America A, Vol. 21(9), pp.1645-1658, 2004.
  • M. A. Vorontsov and M. Yu, “Compensation of distant phase-distorting layers II: Extended field of view adaptive receiver system,” Journal of the Optical Society of America A, Vol. 21(9), pp. 1659-1668, 2004.


  • M. Yu and B. Balachandran, “Acoustic measurements using a fiber optic sensor system,” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol. 14(7), pp. 409-414, 2003.

Miao Yu honored with USM Regents Faculty Award

Yu will be honored for her for excellence in research/scholarship/creative activities.

Alumnus Wins DARPA Young Faculty Award

UMD alumnus to conduct research on polymer-based replicated multi-modal fiber Bragg grating for Fentanyl detection.

Lu, Gollob, Picard win ISR annual awards

ISR's outstanding graduate student, undergraduate student, and staff member awards were given at the Institute's  welcome back reception.

Bioinspired robotics REU students present final projects

The REU was led by Hugh Bruck and Sarah Bergbreiter, along with Clark School faculty and graduate student mentors.

Hahn Receives NSF CAREER Award

NSF awards Hahn funding to research “white-box” autonomy in medical systems.

Yu Named ASME Fellow

Professor Miao Yu has been named an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow.

Miao Yu named Maryland Robotics Center director

Yu develops sensors useful in a variety of robotics applications.

Yu Promoted to Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Miao Yu promoted to the rank of Professor.

Kusimo to Deliver Student Speech for Clark School Spring Commencement

Mechanical Engineering senior Abisola Kusimo will deliver Clark School Spring Commencement
student speech.

New AFOSR NIFTI Center features eight Clark School faculty

Center will create bio-inspired solutions for small, remotely operated aircraft.

UMD Researchers Use Artificially Engineered Materials to Create Breakthrough for Sound Sensors

"Enhanced Acoustic Sensing through Wave Compression and Pressure Amplification in Anisotropic Metamaterials" published in Nature Communications 

Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program Approves 18 Technology Development Projects

Worth $4.7 million, the projects team Maryland faculty and companies to bring products closer to market.

Bruck Named SEM Fellow

Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor Hugh Bruck named SEM Fellow.

Bruck, Smela, Yu receive NSF grant for compliant multifunctional robotic structures

National Robotics Initiative grant will develop a robotic 'nervous system.'

Yu and Liu Receive New Patent

Miao Yu and Haijun Liu patent bio-inspired system and method for sensing and localizing acoustic signals.

Mechanical Engineering Alumnus to Join Faculty at WPI

Yuxiang Liu will teach mechanical engineering at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute starting this fall.

Miao Yu selected for NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Yu is one of 100 young engineers selected to discuss cutting-edge research.

Miao Yu Invited to Attend 2012 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Professor among 100 engineers under 45 selected to attend the conference.

Dr. Miao Yu and Research Team Receives Patent

Professor and research team patent an ultra-miniature fiber-optic pressure sensor system and method of fabrication.

Zhijian Zhang Wins First Place in IEEE Photonics Society’s Student Poster Competition

Ph.D. student receives award for poster display on optics and photonics.

Kusimo Wins $1,000 in Alpha Phi Alpha Scholarship Contest

Sophomore mechanical engineering major encourages youth to be advocates for their beliefs.

Yu and Team Develop Fiber-Based Plasmonic Lens

UMD/NIST collaboration develops versatile optical technology.

Yu Collaborates With U.S. Army Research Lab

ME professor and students develop new microphone array system.

Miao Yu Promoted to Associate Professor

UM graduate receives tenure in the Department.

Miao Yu wins NSF grant for fiber optic tweezers

The project will develop a flexible and efficient dexterous dual fiber tweezers system.

Espy-Wilson, Rubloff Are Top UM Inventors

Speech enhancing algorithm, high-density energy storage cells named best of '09.

Aerospace publication highlights Miao Yu research

Fly ear work of ISR-affiliated professor could aid MAV navigation.

Yu, Balachandran awarded US Patent 7,428,054

Micro-optical fiber tip based sensor system will measure pressure, acceleration and pressure gradients.

Miao Yu Receives AFOSR YIP Award

Award will support research on fly ear-inspired sensors for detection and localization.

Mechanical Engineering Recognizes Faculty Accomplishments

Edward B. Magrab honored at reception recognizing distinguished service to campus and department.

Teng Li wins Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

Seed money to be used to explore flexible electronics research.

Department Welcomes German Fulbright Scholars

German-American Fulbright Program provides educational exchange.

Miao Yu wins NSF CAREER Award

Yu's research will create a new class of miniature directional microphones inspired by the remarkable sound localizing ears of the fly Ormia.

Mechanical Engineering Honors Prof. James Wallace & Faculty

Mechanical Engineering faculty were honored at the Faculty Recognition Event and Dinner on Friday, May 12.

Miao Yu Receives Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

Yu is one of only two Maryland faculty nominated by the University to earn this award.

Dr. Miao Yu to Joins ME Department

Dr. Miao Yu joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in January as a tenure-track Assistant Professor.

New Company Formed on Award-Winning Invention

The company, called Odexia, is incorporating with plans to open in College Park, Balachandran said.

Profs. Balachandran and Sandborn Winners of OTC Invention of the Year Competition

Professors Balakumar Balachandran and Peter Sandborn were the winners of two of the three (OTC) Invention of the Year Awards.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)