Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering


Dr. Nai-Chang Yeh
Professor of Physics, Fletcher-Jones Foundation Co-Director, Kavli Nanoscience Institute
California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125

Term: 02/01/2016 – 09/30/2022

Nai-Chang Yeh is currently is currently the Fletcher Jones Foundation Co-Director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute and Professor of Physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Her principal research field is experimental condensed matter physics, with special emphasis on correlated electronic systems (e.g., high-temperature superconductors, colossal magnetic perovskites), topological matter (e.g., topological insulators and superconductors), spintronics, low-dimensional systems (e.g., graphene, graphene nanoribbons, carbon nanotubes, nanoparticles and quantum dots), nanoscience and nanotechnology, scanning probe microscopy, energy research (e.g., development of photovoltaic and fuel cells, supercapacitors), and precision measurements using superconducting cavity-stabilized oscillators.

Yeh received her B.Sc. degree from National Taiwan University in June of 1983 and her Ph.D. degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in January of 1988. She was a visiting scientist at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center from 1988 to 1989, and joined the physics faculty of Caltech as an assistant professor in August of 1989. She was tenured as an associate professor in 1995, and promoted to full professorship in 1997. She is the first tenured woman professor in physics and also the first tenured Asian woman professor at Caltech. Her professor honors include: Eminent Visiting Professor, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Brunei (2014–2015); Visiting Chair Professor, Center for Nano and Micro Mechanics (CNMM), Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (2012–2014); Wu Chien-Shiung Distinguished Lectureship, National Central University, Taiwan (2012); Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007); Fellow, American Physical Society (2004); Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Physics, National Taiwan University (2003); Fellow, The Institute of Physics, UK (2001); Achievement Awards, Southern California Chinese-American Faculty Association (2001); Outstanding Young Researcher Award, International Organization of Chinese Physicists and Astronomers (OCPA) (1998); Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering (1992–1997); and Sloan Research Fellowship (1990–1992).

Professor Yeh has also served on many national and international committees and professional activities. Some of her recent roles include: Handling Editor, Reviews in Physics, Elsevier, The Netherlands, (2015–present); President, International Organization of Chinese Physicists and Astronomers (OCPA) (2013–2014); International Advisor, Tsien Excellence in Education Program (TEEP), Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, (2014–present); Member, International Advisory Committee, Chinese High Magnetic Field Laboratory (CHMFL), (2009–present); Member, International Advisory Board, Taiwan Comprehensive University System, Taiwan (2013–present); Member at Large, Division of Condensed Matter Physics, American Physical Society, USA (2011–2014); Member, Presidential Science Prize Selection Committee (Physical Sciences), Taiwan (2011, 2013, 2015); Member, Presidential Search Committee, National Taiwan University, (July 2012–March 2013); Honorary Member, Institute of Theoretical and Applied Physics, Turkey, (2010–present); Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Center of Electronic Correlations and Magnetism, University of Augsburg, Germany (2008–present); Member, External Advisory Committee, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), USA, (2004– present). Besides research, teaching and professional activities, Yeh enjoys classical music, piano playing, Chinese literature, poetry, and calligraphy. She has been a resident of Pasadena, California since 1989. Her three-year term as a member of the congressionally mandated Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) began on February 1, 2016.