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Cheng Yu, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, a professor in the department of mechanical engineering at the University of North Texas, has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction. 

As one of UNT’s founding faculty members, Yu has served as the program coordinator of the construction engineering technology program since 2005 and of the construction management program since 2022.

Yu is renowned for his expertise in cold-formed steel structures and has established a robust research program at UNT. Over the past two decades, he has made significant scholarly contributions, including the publication of two books (as editor), five book chapters, over 80 journal articles, and more than 60 conference proceedings in the area of civil/structural engineering. His research efforts have received over $3 million in funds from various sponsors, and he was honored with a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 2010.

His impact extends beyond academia, as he actively contributes to the development and updating of design provisions of cold-formed steel structures in North American specifications and standards. His research findings on cold-formed steel framing and connections have been incorporated into the design provisions of prominent standards such as AISI North American S100, S213, S240, and S400.

Yu has also been actively involved in technical committee work within ASCE, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), among others. Presently, he serves as associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering and as chair of the ASCE Committee of Cold-Formed Steel Members, further demonstrating his commitment to advancing the field of civil engineering.