Suo Yang

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Suo Yang

Richard and Barbara Nelson Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Room 3101C
111 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Ph.D. 2017, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 
M.S. 2014, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 
M.S. 2015, Computational Science & Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 
B.S. 2011, Mathematics & Applied Mathematics, Zhejiang University, China

Professional Background

Richard and Barbara Nelson Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2018-present
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2017-2018 

Scientific & Professional Societies

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Combustion Institute
  • Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems (ILASS)


Suo Yang is a computational scientist and educator on the multiscale and multiphysics modeling of reactive flows. He is interested in developing advanced numerical models for applications in propulsion and power, manufacturing, environment, and human health.

Computational Reactive Flow & Energy Lab (CRFEL) - L101

ME Research Areas
Combustion & Engines
Fluid Mechanics

ME Impact Areas
Energy Transition
Environment & Sustainability 
Human Health
Next-Gen Manufacturing

Research Interests

Dr. Yang's research interests broadly encompass the first-principles based modeling and simulation of reactive flows, including: combustion, turbulence, plasma physics, particulate and multi-phase flows, and their multi-scale interactions. The goal is to develop and utilize high-fidelity, computationally efficient predictive tools in order to: (i) gain fundamental understanding of the physicochemical processes in reactive flows; (ii) design and control advanced propulsion and power-generation systems (primarily reciprocating engines and gas turbines) for energy sustainability.

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) of Turbulent Reactive Flows: Large Eddy Simulation (LES) and Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS)
  • Evolution of Soot, Aerosols, and Dusty Plasmas in Reactive Flows: Engine Emissions and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Plasma/Ozone Assisted “Ultra-Fast” Ignition, “Ultra-Lean” Combustion, and Fuel Reforming
  • Chemical Kinetics, Mechanism Reduction, and Dynamic Adaptive Chemistry
  • Supercritical Mixing and Combustion: High-Pressure Gas Turbine, Diesel, and Rocket Engines
  • Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations and High-Performance Parallel Computing (HPC)
Teaching Subjects
ME 3332: Fluid Mechanics
ME 5446: Introduction to Combustion
ME 8345: Computational Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow

Honors and Awards

  • Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award, Office of Naval Research (ONR), January 2022
  • Young Faculty Award (YFA), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), August 2021
  • Senior Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), August 2021
  • Editor's Pick and Featured Article, Physics of Fluids, January 2021
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Aerospace Science and Technology, August 2018
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Combustion and Flame, June 2018
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Chinese Journal of Aeronautics, April 2018
  • Featured Article, Combustion and Flame, September 2017

Selected Publications

  • S. Yang, J.K. Lew, M.E. Mueller, “Large Eddy Simulation of soot evolution in turbulent reacting flows: Presumed subfilter PDF model for soot-turbulence-chemistry interactions”, Combust. Flame 209 (2019) 200-213.
  • S. Yang, S. Nagaraja, W. Sun, V. Yang, “Multiscale modeling and general theory of non-equilibrium plasma-assisted ignition and combustion”, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 50 (2017) 433001.
  • S. Yang, R. Ranjan, V. Yang, W. Sun, S. Menon, “Sensitivity of predictions to chemical kinetics models in a temporally evolving turbulent non-premixed flame”, Combust. Flame 183 (2017) 224-241. [Selected as Feature Article
  • S. Yang, R. Ranjan, V. Yang, S. Menon, W. Sun*, “Parallel On-the-fly Adaptive Kinetics in Direct Numerical Simulation of Turbulent Premixed Flame”, Proc. Combust. Inst. 36 (2) (2017) 2025–2032.
  • S. Yang, X. Gao, V. Yang, W. Sun, S. Nagaraja, J.K. Lefkowitz, Y. Ju, “Nanosecond Pulsed Plasma Activated C2H4/O2/Ar Mixtures in a Flow Reactor”, J. Propul. Power 32 (5) (2016) 1240-1252.

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