Yue Ying Lau

Professor Emeritus


2923 Cooley

Research Interests

Theory of plasmas: high-power microwaves, wire Z-pinch physics, electrical contacts, heating phenomenology, diodes.

Research areas:


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PhD Electrical Engineering ’73

MS Electrical Engineering ’70

BS Electrical Engineering ’68

Professional Service

Associate Editor, Physics of Plasmas (1994–2002, 3-terms)

  • 1992-Present, Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 1983-1992, Research Physicist, Naval Research Laboratory
  • 1980-1983, Research Physicist, Science Application Incorporation
  • 1975-1979, Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics, MIT
  • 1973-1975, Instructor of Applied Mathematics, MIT


  • Fellow, American Physical Society (1986)
  • Fellow, IEEE (2008)
  • Sigma Xi Society Applied Science Award (1989)
  • IEEE Plasma Science and Application Award (1999)
  • IEEE John R. Pierce Award for Excellence in Vacuum Electronics (2017)