Yuhang Yang

Ph.D. Student
Research Focus: Power Module Packaging, Power Module Reliability Analysis, Silicon Carbide Module Modeling and Characterization, Inverter Design, Power Electronics Thermal Management, Parasitic Control of Power Electronics Devices and Systems
Industry Focus: Automotive Electrification;Aerospace Electrification;Electrified Traction Systems;

Yuhang Yang received his B.Eng. degree in vehicle engineering from the mechanical engineering department, at Xi`an Jiaotong University (XJTU), in Shaanxi, China, in 2018. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering, at McMaster University, in Ontario, Canada. During his undergraduate studies, he worked as a project manager and lead engineer in the XJTU Formula-SAE student team. He joined the McMaster Automotive Resource Center (MARC) in 2018 as a M.A.Sc student and then transferred to a Ph.D. in 2019, under the supervision of Dr. Ali Emadi. He is currently working on power electronics device and converter design projects, for both automotive and aerospace applications. This includes power semiconductor packaging, inverter system design, thermal management, and electrified vehicle systems design. More specifically, Yuhang is specialized in thermal-electric-reliability co-design and the analysis of power electronics devices and systems. 

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Yuhang had a strong passion for vehicles and engineering from a young age. He built up a solid background in math and physics in high school and in 2014 he was accepted into the mechanical engineering department of Xi`an Jiaotong University,  which is one of the top STEM universities in China. Besides obtaining good grades, he participated in several engineering programs in his undergraduate years. He gained a comprehensive understanding of vehicle systems by completing three National Undergraduate Innovation Training Fund Programs on vehicle design, transmission systems, and regenerative braking control. 

He also worked as the project manager and lead engineer in the XJTU Formula-SAE student team, where he had the opportunity to design and manufacture formula race cars with his outstanding colleagues. These experiences further strengthened his interest in engineering and provided him with a close view of trends in the automotive industry. He realized that electrification is the future of transportation. Therefore, he decided to join this technological revolution after his graduation. 

Yuhang started his career in transportation electrification in September 2018, when he was accepted to the M.A.Sc. program in the mechanical engineering department of McMaster University, under the supervision of Dr. Ali Emadi. He then transferred to a Ph.D., in September of 2019. His Ph.D. thesis focuses on the modelling, designing, manufacturing, and characterizing of silicon carbide power modules with high-reliability packaging technologies. Yuhang also participates in and leads inverter design projects, in collaboration with industrial partners. Additionally, he has publications on power module packaging and manufacturing, inverter design, thermal management of power electronics, battery systems, electrified vehicle systems, and more. 

In his spare time, Yuhang enjoys basketball, art, and photography. 

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