LianXiang Yang, Ph.D.

LianXiang Yang, Ph.D.Professor
Mechanical Engineering Department
410 EC; (248) 370-2283; Fax: (248) 370-4416

Ph.D., University of Kassel (Germany), 1997 

  • Joined Oakland University in October 2001
  • 08, 2008 - Present: Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Oakland University
  • 10, 2001 - 07, 2008: Associate Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Oakland University
  • 04, 2000 - 10, 2001: R&D Scientist, JDS-Uniphase, Ottawa, Canada
  • 11, 1998 - 04, 2000: Senior Engineer, Dr. Ettemeyer GmbH & Co., Neu Ulm, Germany
  • 11, 1991 - 10, 1998: Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow in Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kassel, Germany
  • 01, 1986 - 11, 1991: Lecturer and Associate Professor, Dept. of Precision Mechanical Instruments, Hefei University of Technology, PR China
  • Chair of the Material Modeling & Testing (MM&T) Committee, SAE-International
  • Associate Editor of "Optical Engineering" - a Journal of SPIE
  • Associate Technical Editor of "Materials Evaluation" - a Jounnal of ASNT
  • Editorial Board of "Journal of Holography and Speckle."
  • Editorial Board of "the Optics and Photonics Journal"
  • Editorial Board of "the Chinese Journal of Mechanical Engineering"
  • Fellow of SPIE - The international Society of Optics and Photonics
  • Member of SAE, SEM, and ASNT
  • Advising 6 Ph.D. and 2 Master students


  • Optical Measurement and Quality Inspection
  • Advanced Optical Methods in Experimental Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Properties


Development and application of advanced optical techniques for solving
engineering problems. The research focuses on experimental strain/stress
analysis, nondestructive testing and material evaluation, vibration measurement
and analysis, microstructure and MEMS measurement, and design validation
and optimization.

Selected Publications in 2016

1. L.X. Yang and X. Xie, “Digital Shearography: New Developments and
Applications,” New Book published by SPIE Press, Bellingham, WA98227,
USA, April 2016, ISBN: 9781510601567.

2. J.R. Li, X. Xie, G.B. Yang, T. Siebert and L.X. Yang (corresponding author),
“Whole-field thickness strain measurement using multiple camera digital image
correlation system,” accepted by Optics and Lasers in Engineering (2016)

3. X. Xie, J.R. Li, B. Sia, T. Siebert and L.X. Yang (corresponding author),
“An experimental validation of volume conservation assumption for aluminum
alloy sheet metal using digital image correlation method,” Journal of Strain
Analysis, 2016, DOI 10.1177/0309324716668674.

4. X. Xie, C.P. Lee, J.R. Li, B.Y. Zhang, and L.X. Yang (corresponding
author), “Polarized digital shearography for simultaneous dual shearing
directions measurements,” Review of Scientific Instruments, 87, 083110

5. S.J. Wu, L.Q. Zhu, S.Y. Pan and L.X. Yang, “Spatiotemporal three-
dimensional phase unwrapping in digital speckle pattern interferometry,”
Optical Letters, March 2016, Vol. 41, No. 5, p. 1050 - 1053.