I am broadly interested in the transport of fluids, particles, bacteria, and chemicals in the environment. My current research is focused on designing multi-scale interdisciplinary experiments to mimic complex interactions in nature and developing physically-based models to predict natural processes. Here is a list of current projects:
Sediment transport and coastal landscape evolution: simulate a natural wetland in the lab and predict future landscape evolution/ coastal erosion.
Impacts of biofilm on sediment transport: predict how bacteria biofilm, which is ubiquitous in nature, affects sediment transport.
Soil-on-a-chip: using microfluidics to mimic the interactions between soils, organic matter, and bacteria, which will help predicting global carbon cycle.
There are several openings for graduate students and postdocs. Interested candidates are welcome to contact Dr. Yang directly via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fluid Mechanics, CEGE 3502
Review of Introductory Fluid Mechanics, CEGE 4522
Honors and Awards
Caltech Young Investigator Lecturer in Engineering and Applied Science, 2018
MIT Trond Kaalstad Fellowship (leadership award), 2017
MIT Graduate Woman of Excellence, 2017
MIT Graduate School Leadership Institute Fellowship, 2017
J. Yang, H. Chung, and H. Nepf, “The onset of sediment transport in vegetated channels predicted byturbulent kinetic energy,” Geophysical Research Letters43, 11,261–11,268 (2016).
J. Yang, F. Kerger, and H. Nepf, “Estimation of the bed shear stress in vegetated and bare channels,” Water Resources Research 51, 3647–3663 (2015). *MIT News and Phys.org highlights: Predicting sediment flow in coastal vegetation