King Yang

Professor Biomedical Engineering
Phone: 313-577-0252

Areas of expertise

automotive safety
biomedical engineering
vehicle crash worthiness
brain injury biomechanics
injury biomechanics


Wayne State University, 1985 (Ph.D. - Mechanical Engineering)
Wayne State University, 1981 (M.S. - Mechanical Engineering)
National Taiwan University , Taipei, 1976 (B.S. - Mechanical Engineering)


Assistant Prof. - Orthopedic Surgery, West Virginia University, 1/86 -5/88
Assistant Prof. - Mechanical Engineering, Wayne State University, 6/88 – 5/92
Director - Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory, 6/88 - 5/95
Associate Prof. - Mechanical Engineering, Wayne State University, 9/92 - 5/98
Professor - Mechanical Engineering, Wayne State University, 9/98 present
Professor - Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University, 9/01 – present
Director - Bioengineering Center, 1/04 – present

Honors and Awards

Volvo Award, 1984
Career Development Chair Award, Wayne State University, 1995
Metro Detroit’s Innovator Award, 2000, Crain’s Detroit Business Report
First Prize in the Biomechanics Section for best paper, 2001 International Congress on Whiplash Disorders
John P. Stapp Best Paper Award, 2002, 2007, 2008



Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
Fellow, Society of Automotive Engineers
Member, Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine
Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Member, American Society of Biomechanics
Member, Orthopedic Research Society

Research Interests

Finite Element Modeling
Orthopedic Biomechanics
Whiplash Injury Mechanism
Crashworthiness in Transportation Systems