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Dr. Huang

Dr. Ying Huang
Assistant Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Office: CIE 201Q
Telephone: (701) 231-7651
Fax: (701) 231-6185
Email: Ying.Huang@ndsu.edu

Research Interests

  • Smart Materials and Structural Health Monitoring
  • Smart Cities and Autonomous Systems
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Pavement and Traffic Monitoring
  • Pipeline Corrosion Protection and Mitigation
  • Railroad Damage and Defect Assessment
  • Big Data for Civil Engineering Application
  • Emergency Evacuation for Multi-Hazards
  • Earthquake Engineering, Multi-Hazard Assessment and Mitigation
  • Finite Element Modeling

Awards and Grants (recent)

  1. “Unbonded Portland Cement Concrete Overlay/Pavement Monitoring with Integrated Grating (Local) and Scattering (Global) Optical Fiber Sensors” (PI), USDOT UTC, 03/01/13-12/31/13, $100,000
  2. NDSU Provost’s Research and Scholar Travel Fund 2013, $300
  3. “Composite Thermal Sprayed Coatings for Pipeline Corrosion Prevention and Mitigation” (Co-PI, PI: Dr. Fardad Azarmi), USDOT PHMSA, 10/01/13-12/31/15, $143,700
  4. “A Sensor Fusion Approach to Assess Pavement Condition and Maintenance Effectiveness” (Co-PI, PI: Raj Bridgelall), USDOT MPC, 01/01/2014-12/31/2015, $300,000
  5.  “Multilayer Composite Insulation for Advanced Performance Monitoring System of Spacecraft Structures in Extreme Temperature Environments” (PI, Co-PI: Dr. Fardad Azarmi), 10/15/13-08/31/14, ND NASA EPSCoR, $42,341
  6. College of Engineering Travel Fund Matching 2014, $500
  7. “Development of Phase Change Material Based Multifunctinal Laminates for NASA Space Exploration” (Co-PI, PI: Dr. Zhibin Lin), 10/15/14-08/31/15, ND NASA EPSCoR, $43, 500
  8. “Low-coast Road Condition Profiling and Analysis System for the State of North Dakota” (Co-PI, PI: Dr. Samee Khan), 05/12/15-06/30/16, NDSU Development Foundation, $25,000
  9. NDSU Provost’s Research and Scholar Travel Fund 2015, $1,000
  10. “Mitigating pipeline corrosion using a smart thermal raying coating system” (Co-PI, PI: Dr. Fardad Azarmi), USDOT PHMSA, 09/30/2015-09/29/2018, $374,607
  11. “Integrated Vehicle Identification System Using Low-cost Fiber Optic Infrastructure Sensor”, (PI), NSF ND EPSCoR & NDSU FORWARD Program, 03/31/2016-06/31/2017, $30,000

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology, 2012
  • M.Sc. Civil Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, 2008
  • B.Sc. Civil Engineering, Guangzhou University, China, 2006

Course Teaching

  • CE204 Surveying (Fall)
  • CE456/656 Railroad Planning and Design (Fall)
  • CE441/641 Finite Element Analysis (Fall)
  • CE452/652 Introduction to Oil and Gas Pipelines (Spring)
  • CE489 Senior Design Consultant and Mentor (Fall & Spring)
  • CE782 Introduction to Intelligent Infrastructure (Spring)

Graduate Students as Major advisor

  1. Liang Xiao, Master Student, (Graduated May 2015) Thesis Title: “In-line fiber optic sensing system for pipeline corrosion detection”
  2. Mu’ath Al-Tarawneh, Master Student, (Graduated May 2016, Continue for Ph. D.) Thesis Title: “In-pavement fiber Bragg grating sensors for weight-in-motion measurements”
  3. Leonard Chai, Master Student, (Graduated August 2016, Continue for Ph. D.)   Thesis Title: “Dispersion Effectiveness of Carbon Nanotube Additives in Self-sensing Cementitious Materials for Structural Health Monitoring”
  4. Zhiming Zhang, Ph. D. Student, (Graduated August 2016) Dissertation Title: “An integrated road condition and traffic monitoring system using in-pavement strain sensors”
  5. Fodan Deng, Ph. D. Student, (Expect to graduate December 2017)
  6. Asif Arshid, Ph.D. Student, (Expect to graduate August 2018)
  7. Babak Mirzazadeh, Ph.D. Student, (Expect to graduate August 2019)
  8. (Co-advisor) Fei Yan, Ph.D. Student, Major in Civil Engineering (Expect to graduate December 2016)
  9. (Co-advisor) Sahar Abuali Galedari, Ph.D. Student, Major in Mechanical Engineering (Expect to graduate May 2017)

Recent Publications

Book Chapters

  • G. Chen, Y. Huang, and H. Xiao, “Steel building assessment in post-earthquake fire environments with optical sensors”, Book Chapter 19 in Earthquake-Resistant Structures-Design, Assessment and Rehabilitation, InTech-Open Assess Publisher, ISBN 979-953-307-680-4, (2012)


  1. Y. Huang, Z. Zhou, G. Chen, and J. P. Ou, “Strain transfer between optical fibers and their host matrix with plastic deformation”, Pacific Science Review, 10 1, 1-6, (2008). [Impact factor: 0.92]
  2. Y. Huang, Z. Zhou, Y. Zhang, G. Chen, and H. Xiao, “A temperature self-compensated LPFG sensor for large strain measurements at high temperature”, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement, 59 11, 2997-3004, (2010). [Impact factor: 1.71; Citation: 23]
  3. Y. Huang, T. Wei, Z. Zhou, Y. Zhang, G. Chen, and H. Xiao, “An extrinsic Fabry–Perot interferometer-based large strain sensor with high resolution”, Meas. Sci. Technol. 21 105308 (8pp), (2010). [Impact factor: 1.35; Citation: 32]
  4. Y. Zhang, Y. Li, T. Wei, X. Lan, Y. Huang, G. Chen and H. Xiao, “Fringe visibility enhanced extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometer using a graded index fiber collimator”, IEEE Photonics Journal, 2 3, pp.469-481, (2010). [Impact factor: 2.32; Citation: 15]
  5. Z. Zhou, W. Q. Liu, Y. Huang, H. P. Wang, M. H. Huang, and J. P. Ou, “Optical fiber Bragg grating sensor assembly for 3D strain monitoring and its case study in highway pavement”, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 38, pp.36-49, (2012). [Impact factor: 2.46; Citation: 19]
  6. Y. Huang, X. Fang, W. J. Bevans, Z. Zhou, H. Xiao, and G. Chen, “Large-strain optical fiber sensing and real-time FEM updating of steel structures under high temperature effect”,  Smart Materials and Structure, Smart Mater. Struct. 22 015016, (2013).[Impact factor: 2.45; Citation: 3]
  7. Y. Huang, Z. Gao, Z. Zhou, G. Chen, and H. Xiao, “Long period fiber grating sensors coated with nano iron/silica particles for corrosion monitoring”, Smart Materials and Structure, 22(7) 075018, (2013). [Impact factor: 2.45; Citation: 1]
  8. Y. Huang, “Hybrid Fibre Optic Sensor Network for Real-time High Temperature Performance Monitoring of Steel Structures”, American Journal of Civil Engineering, 1(1), pp.16-23, 2013. [Impact factor: 0.9]
  1. Huang, M. H.; Zhou, Z ; Huang, Y; Ou, J. P., “A distributed self-sensing FRP anchor rod with built-in optical fiber sensor”, Measurement, 46 (4), pp. 1363-1370, (2013). [Impact factor: 1.53; Citation: 3]
  2. Y. Huang, B. K. Chen, G. Chen, H. Xiao, and Z. Zhou, “Simultaneous detection of liquid level and refractive index change using long period fiber grating sensor”, Measurement Science and technology, 24, pp.095303, (2013). [Impact factor: 1.35; Citation: 1]
  1. G. Chen, B. P. Schafer, Z. Lin, Y. Huang, O. Suaznabar, J. Shen, and K. Kerenyi, “Maximum scour depth based on magnetic field change of smart rocks for foundation stability evolution of bridges”, Structural Health Monitoring, October 15, 2014, 1475921714554141. [Impact factor: 3.2]
  2. Y. Huang, F. Tang, X. Liang, G. Chen, H. Xiao, and F. Azarmi, “Steel bar corrosion monitoring with long period fiber grating sensors coated with nano iron/silica particles and polyurethane”, Structural Health Monitoring, November 24, 2014 1475921714560070, 2014. [Impact factor: 3.2]
  1. Z. Zhang, Y. Huang, L. Palek, R. Strommen, and B. Worel, “Glass fiber reinforced polymer packaged fiber Bragg grating sensors for ultra-thin unbonded concrete overlay monitoring,” Structural Health Monitoring, October 13, 2014, 1475921714554143. [Impact factor: 3.2]
  2. Z. Zhang, Y. Huang, R. Bridgelall, L. Palek, and R. Strommen, “Sampling Optimization for High-speed Weigh-in-Motion Measurements Using In-pavement Strain Based Sensors”, Measurement Science and technology, 26 065003, (2015). [Impact factor: 1.42]
  3. H. Wang, Z. Zhou, Y. Huang, P. Xiang, and J. Ou, “Strain transfer mechanism of quadrate-packaged FBG sensors embedded in rectangular structures”, Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring, 5(4): 469-480, (2015). [Impact factor: 1.59]
  4. Z. Zhang, F. Deng, Y. Huang, and R. Bridgelall, “Road Roughness Evaluation Using In-Pavement Strain Sensors”, Smart Materials and Structure, 24, 115029 (10pp) (2015). [Impact factor: 2.45]
  5. Y. Huang, M. S. Jazi, and F. Azarmi, “Composite Coatings for Fibre Bragg Grating Sensor in High Temperature Environments”, International Journal of Sensors and Sensor Networks, 3(2), pp. 12-17, (2015). [Impact factor: 0.9]
  6. M. U. S. Khan, O. Khalid, Y. Huang, F. Zhang, R. Ranjan, S. Khan, J. Cao, K. Li, B. Veeravalli, and A. Zomaya, “MacroServ: A Route Recommendation Service for Large-Scale Evacuations,” Transactions on Services Computing, PP (99), pp.1-14, (2015). [Impact factor: 3.1]
  7. S. Abualigaledari, M. S. Jazi, F. Azarmi, Y. Huang, and X. Tongping, “Microstructural Properties of Air Plasma Sprayed Coating Consisting of Tungsten Carbide and Yttria Stabilized Zirconia”, International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, November 30 2015, pp. 1-10, (2015). [Impact factor: 1.32]
  8. R. Bridgelall, Y. Huang, Z. Zhang, and F. Deng, “Precision enhancement of pavement roughness localization with connected vehicles”, Measurement Science and technology, 27, 025012 (9pp), (2016). [Impact factor: 1.42]
  9. O. Khalid, M. U. S. Khan, Y. Huang, S. Khan, and A. Zomaya, “EvacSys: A Cloud-based Route Recommendation Framework for Large-Scale Emergency Evacuations,” IEEE Transaction on Cloud Computing, 3(1), pp.60-68, (2016). [Impact factor: 1.66]
  10. Y. Huang, S. Ludwig, and F. Deng, “Sensor Optimization Using a Genetic Algorithm for Structural Health Monitoring in Harsh Environments”, Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring, 6(3), pp 509-519, (2016) [Impact factor: 1.59]
  11. M. Al-Tarawneh and Y. Huang, “Glass Fiber-reinforced Polymer Packaged Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors for Low Speed Weight-in-motion Measurements”, Opt. Eng. 55(8), 086107, (2016). [Impact factor: 1.91]
  12. Y. Bao, J. A. Cain, Y. Chen, F. Tang, W. Meng, Y. Huang, and G. Chen, “Laboratory Performance and Practical Consideration of Single-mode Optical Fibers as PPP-BOTDA Distributed Strain and Crack Sensors for Concrete Pavement Monitoring”, Smart Structures and Systems, In Print, (2016). [Impact factor: 1.74]
  13. F. Yan, Y. Huang, and Z. Lin, “Numerical simulation of fatigue behavior for cable-stayed orthotropic steel deck bridges using mixed-dimensional coupling method”, International Journal of Steel Structures, In Print, (2016).