Yet-Ming  Chiang

Yet-Ming Chiang

Kyocera Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Yet-Ming Chiang is Kyocera Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He holds S.B. and Sc.D. degrees from MIT, where he has been a faculty member since 1984. His work focuses on advanced materials and their role in clean energy, medical technologies, and micro/nano electronics. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and the Materials Research Society. He has received the American Ceramic Society's Ross Coffin Purdy, R.M. Fulrath, and F.H. Norton Awards. He has published over 200 scientific articles, one textbook, and holds about 35 issued patents and a similar number of pending patent applications.

In addition to his academic research, Chiang is interested in the theory and practice of transitioning laboratory results to commercial impact. He has co-founded four companies based on research from his MIT laboratory: American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC), A123 Systems (NASDAQ: AONE), SpringLeaf Therapeutics, and 24M Technologies. The nanoscale olivine cathodes behind A123's core technology was ranked no. 33 amongst MIT's top 150 inventions at its 150th Anniversary in 2011. 24M's high energy density semi-solid flow battery approach was recognized by Scientific American magazine as one of its 10 "World Changing Ideas" for 2011.

Chiang serves on numerous government and private advisory committees and study panels, including the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (ERAC) and Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC). He is a Trustee of the Boston Museum of Science.