Jingyi Yang is a postdoctoral researcher at department of Engineering Science, and a Research Fellow and Tutor at Keble College. She is also a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Her research focuses on the design and analysis of origami- and kirigami-adapted deployable structures. These structures have the ability to undergo large, reversible shape changes. Specifically, Jingyi is interested in investigating the fundamental principles that govern the large geometrical changes of these structures, as well as their mechanical behaviour under various loading conditions. Some potential applications of Jingyi’s work include space antennas and solar arrays, small-strain wave energy converters, and metamaterials.
After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Jingyi pursued research in advanced manufacturing in the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) for two years before joining University of Oxford for DPhil studies. Her doctoral research focused on developing origami- and kirigami-adapted thick-panel folding schemes for aerospace applications. Her work can be used to pack solar panels of satellites and solar array antennas efficiently on the Earth and deploy them quickly in space.
Following her PhD, Jingyi remained at Oxford as a postdoctoral researcher in the Engineering Department and as a Research Fellow and Tutor at Keble College. During this time, she continued her research on deployable structures and their applications in wave energy converters, in which small-strain deployable structures are designed to maximise the captured energy for the converters. In addition to her research, Jingyi also teaches undergraduate courses in P3 paper structures and mechanics, as well as P1 paper mathematics at Keble.