Dick K.P. Yue is the Philip J. Solondz Professor of Engineering, the Skolkovo Foundation Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering at MIT.
Professor Yue is a long-time MIT'er, having received all his degrees (S.B., S.M. and Sc.D.) in Civil Engineering from MIT. He has been a faculty member in the MIT School of Engineering since 1983. He is active in research and teaching in wave hydrodynamics, fluid mechanics and computational methods with applications to coastal and ocean engineering. Professor Yue is the Director of the Vortical Flow Research Laboratory and co-Director of the MIT Testing Tank facility, supervising an active research group of about 20 members. His main research focus is in theoretical and computational hydrodynamics, and he is internationally recognized for his expertise on ocean and coastal wave dynamics and for his extensive work in nonlinear wave mechanics, and large-amplitude motions and loads on offshore structures. Professor Yue has made seminal contributions in developing modern numerical methods for these problems, notably the development of the high-order spectral method for nonlinear wave-wave, wave-body, and wave-bottom interactions. Professor Yue has also made important contributions to the understanding of hydrodynamics of fish swimming, the complex mechanisms at the air-sea interface and their effects on interfacial processes. He has authored/co-authored more than two hundred papers and a two-volume textbook on theory and applications of ocean wave hydrodynamics.
Professor Yue served as Associate Dean of Engineering from 1999-2007 (as the number two person in the MIT's Office of the Dean of Engineering), and was actively engaged in the overall administration of the School and in its pioneering educational and research initiatives. During that time, he was the originator of the MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) concept and its formulation and played a major role in its adoption by MIT and then in its successful implementation. Since its launch in 2001, MIT OCW has transformed the global higher education landscape. Under OCW, MIT has published all its teaching materials, over 2,200 courses plus substantial additional learning materials, including resources for high school students. To date, MIT OCW has been translated into many major languages and has been accessed by over 100 million educators and learners worldwide, and has inspired and launched an international consortium (of more than 200 institutions of higher learning from 47 countries) devoted to open educational resources. As well, the introduction of OCW laid the foundation for a potentially even greater educational impact through today's Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Professor Yue is also the Founding Faculty Director of the MIT Engineering Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP), a program that is revolutionizing engineering education by giving undergraduates special training and industry-based work experiences. It addresses the core issue of the lack of career readiness, on-the-job skills and leadership training in traditional engineering education, and thus promotes the future success of MIT's engineering graduates. Currently, UPOP enrolls over half of all engineering majors, with an objective to benefit effectively all of MIT's graduates in the foreseeable future. Professor Yue additionally helped to create and served as the Founding Faculty Director of MIT Engineering Professional Educational Programs (PEP) office, consolidating many of MIT's existing activities in this area under one organization, and creating a focal point for developing new professional and custom educational programs and offerings. In 2008, in recognition of these and other wide-ranging activities benefiting MIT, Professor Yue received the prestigious Gordon Y. Billard Award for services of outstanding merit to the Institute.
Professor Yue is married to the former Miss Eva H. Wu. They have four children:
Kevin Paul, Teresa Grace, Emily Joyce, and Brian John. The Yues reside in