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Professor Kelvin Yuen

Civil Engineering

University of Macau



Professor Kelvin Yuen was the representative of Macau for the 32nd and 33rd International Mathematics Olympics. He received his BSc in Civil Engineering from the National Taiwan University in 1997 with #1 ranking among 152 students, and his MPhil in Civil Engineering from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with CGA 12/12 (i.e. straight A+). With a Harold-Hellwig fellowship, he entered the California Institute of Technology and finished his doctorate study in 2 years and 7 months with GPA 4.1 (A+).

Kelvin’s research interests include Bayesian inference, model selection, model updating, modeling of general dynamical systems, structural health monitoring, structural reliability, and structural vibration control. His H-index is 26, and his paper “Model selection using response measurements: Bayesian probabilistic approach” (coauthored with J.L. Beck) was one of the top 10 most cited papers among all papers published in the Journal of Engineering Mechanics of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Furthermore, his single-author book Bayesian methods for structural dynamics and civil engineering (Wiley, 2010) has attracted great attention and has become a essential reading in this field.

In 2010, he became the first person to be promoted to Full Professor at the University of Macau before the age of 35. In 2012, he was elected in the National Science and Technology Award Panel Expert Bank and the National Science and Technology Programs Expert Bank of the Ministry of Science and Technology, China. His major awards include the Young Investigator Award, International Chinese Association on Computational Mechanics; QIAN Weichang programme scholar, K.C. Wong Education Foundation; Phi-Tau-Phi Honorary member and the G.W. Housner Fellowship.

Kelvin is currently the Registrar of the University of Macau and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He also serves as the Chair of the Scholarship Committee and Panel of Intellectual Property Rights, Member of the Administrative Committee of UMTEC Limited, and Academic Advisor of the Research & Development Administrative Office. He has previously been the Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Associate Dean (Academic Affairs), Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) of the Faculty of Science and Technology, and the Chair of the Information and Education Technology Committee of the Senate.