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Yih Appointed Associate VP for Research and External Support

Published: August 2, 2010

Tachung “T.C.” Yih has been appointed associate vice president (AVP) for research and external support at CSULB. As the chief research officer, he will provide university-wide leadership of research, scholarship and creative activities, including grants and contracts at the Long Beach campus.

A professor of engineering, Yih comes to CSULB from Oakland University (OU) in Michigan, where he has been vice provost for the Office of Grants, Contracts and Sponsored Research since August 2006. He has also been serving as the founding director for that university’s NanoTech R & D Institute, created in February 2009.

“We are fortunate to bring to our campus family an individual who has such a great depth of experience in teaching, conducting research and administering grants, contracts and sponsored research programs,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “Cal State Long Beach already is well respected for its research activities, but I have no doubt that T.C. Yih will be able to help our university expand in this vitally important area so that more of our faculty and students will benefit.”

Yih will begin his duties at the university on Aug. 16.

“It’s a great honor for me to have the opportunity of serving Cal State Long Beach and its research community,” said Yih. “One of the main reasons I accepted this job is the vision and determination of President Alexander and Provost Para to promote and advance research at CSULB. The potential of future growth in research at CSULB is substantial.

“Faculty members are strong in research and enthusiastic about research. Opportunities for multidisciplinary research collaboration with neighboring universities, industries, and other national and international partners are plenteous,” Yih added. “I enjoy building things up and fixing problems. This job provides an opportunity to challenge myself and grow together with CSULB.”

Yih noted that some of his immediate goals are to inventory research strengths of CSULB as well as neighboring universities and industries; promote research inside and outside CSULB; refine the research infrastructure; streamline management processes and procedures; and further improve the efficiency and quality of service of the research office.

As the founding director for the NanoTech Institute, Yih was responsible for fundraising for the institute as well as the outreach to industrial partners to secure research and development projects. Additionally, he was in charge of collaborating with Oakland Community College to develop a 2+2 nanotechnology curriculum and certificate programs.

While at OU, Yih also was one of 12 founding members of a steering committee to establish an allopathic School of Medicine at the university. For the committee, he co-chaired the research sub-committee, participated in the program’s self-study task force and accreditation process, and initiated the contact to develop a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) program with universities in China.

Tachung “T.C.” Yih

Prior to joining OU, Yih was a professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Biomechanics at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), where he initiated the university’s Ph.D. program in mechanical engineering and recruited a $1 million endowed chair professor for the campus. It was also at UTSA where Yih began serving as an Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) program evaluator, a position for which he will serve through 2012.

Yih has also been on the faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington (1999-2004) and Florida International University (1988-99). He was also a senior summer research fellow at Naval Air Systems Command in Maryland working in the Software Technology and Environments Branch (1997-99) and a summer research fellow in the Robotics and Process Systems Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee (1995). Yih had conducted research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California during his sabbatical leave (1993-94).

Yih earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at The Catholic University of American (CUA) in Washington D.C., in February 1988, specializing in design/analysis of mechanical systems, CAD/CAE knowledge-based software development and biomedical engineering. He also obtained his M.S. in mechanical engineering at CUA in 1983, focusing on thermal science and solar energy. Yih received his B.S. in oceanography/marine engineering in 1981 from National Taiwan Ocean University/College of Marine Science and Technology in Taiwan with an emphasis on offshore/coastal engineering.

He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME Fellow), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Nuclear Society and has been a member of the American Society of Engineering Educators and the Biomedical Engineering Society. He also co-edited the book Micro and Nano Manipulations for Biomedical Applications, which ranked 31st in the Tower Books “Top 100” best sellers list in Medicine/Biotechnology this July.

In mid-May, CSULB officials announced the selection of Karlene Hoo as the AVP for research and external support. However, Hoo was unable to bring a group of grants and lab equipment with her from Texas Tech University and subsequently declined the appointment.