Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professor, A123 Systems, Inc., Co-Founder
Yet-Ming Chiang is Kyocera Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He holds S.B. and Sc.D. degrees from MIT, where he has been a faculty member since 1984. His work focuses on advanced materials and their role in clean energy technologies, medical devices, “smart” structures, and micro/nano electronics. Chiang’s academic and professional honors include election to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and to Fellowship in the American Ceramic Society and the Materials Research Society. He is a recipient of the American Ceramic Society’s Ross Coffin Purdy, R. M. Fulrath, and F. H. Norton awards. He has published about 200 scholarly articles and a widely-used textbook on ceramic materials, and holds about 20 issued patents and 30 pending patent applications (excluding substantially identical foreign filings). Chiang is a co-founder of four companies: American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC), A123 Systems (NASDAQ: AMSC), Entra Pharmaceuticals, and 24M Technologies. He received in 2006 (with others at A123 Systems) the R&D 100 Award, and the R&D 100 Editor’s Choice Award, for developing a new lithium battery technology that today is helping to accelerate the adoption of electric transportation. He serves or has served on numerous study panels including the U.S. Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, the National Materials Advisory Board, the Energy Materials Blue Ribbon Panel of The Metals Society and ASM International, and the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Working Group of the President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology (PCAST). He is a Trustee of the Boston Museum of Science.