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Yanfei Gao

  • Professor
  • 312 JIAM Building or 417 Ferris Hall
    Knoxville, TN 37996
  • 865-974-2350


Dr. Gao earned his bachelor’s degree with the highest honor in the Department of Engineering Mechanics (with a dual degree in Computer Science), Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 1999, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, New Jersey, in 2001 and 2003, respectively. In 3/2003-7/2005, Dr. Gao worked as a post-doctoral research associate in solid mechanics group, Brown University. Since joining UT/ORNL in 8/2005, Dr. Gao has built up his research group on plasticity at small length scales, thin-film growth, contact and friction, and modeling and simulation of deformation and failure mechanisms, among many others. Most of these projects are motivated from his colleagues’ experiments at UT and ORNL. Dr. Gao is a Joint Faculty at the Materials Science and Technology Division, ORNL. When promoted to full professor in 8/2016, Dr. Gao has authored or co-authored about 100 journal papers (including 9 invited contributions) and has made about 50 invited presentations at national/international conferences and academic institutions.