Jie Yin

Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Office Hours

Monday & Thursday 4:00 – 4:50 pm


Dr. Jie Yin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Temple University. Prior to Temple, Dr. Yin worked as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Dr. Yin received his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University in 2010, M.S. in Solid Mechanics from Tsinghua University in 2007. Dr. Yin’s research interests are on mechanics of advanced materials and structures at small scales, as well as its broad applications in energy, environment, and healthcare. In particular, his research focuses on mechanics of soft materials and its novel applications in anti-biofouling, lightweight nanocomposites for energy absorption, and renewable energy harvesting, etc. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal papers as well as co-authored 3 book chapters. Dr. Yin has received several awards including the Founder Prize from the American Academy of Mechanics and NSF fellowship for Summer Institute on Nanomechanics etc. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Physical Society, and Materials Research Society.


  • Ph.D. Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, 2010
  • M.S. Solid Mechanics, Tsinghua University, 2007
  • B.E. Marine Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, 2003

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Temple University, August 2013 - present
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT, September 2010 - May 2013
  • Research Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, New York, NY, September 2007 - August 2010

Recent Publications 

  • J. Yin, J. L. Yague, D. Eggenspieler, K. K. Gleason, M. C. Boyce, “Deterministic order in surface micro-topologies through sequential wrinkling”, Adv. Mater, 24, 5441-5446 (2012) (selected as Frontispiece)
  • L. Han, J. Yin, L. Wang, K.-K. Chia, R. E. Cohen, M. F. Rubner, C. Ortiz, M. C. Boyce, “Tunable stimulus-responsive friction mechanisms of polyelectrolyte films and tube forests”, Soft Matter, 8, 8642-8650 (2012)
  • J. Yin, M. Retsch, J. Lee, E. L. Thomas, M. C. Boyce., “Mechanics of nanoindentation on a monolayer of colloidal hollow nanoparticles”, Langmuir, 27, 10492-10500 (2011)
  • X. Chen, J. Yin, “Buckling patterns of thin films on curved compliant substrates with applications to morphogenesis and three-dimensional micro-fabrication”, Soft Matter, 6, 5667-5680 (2010) (invited review)
  • J. Yin, Z. Cao, C. Li, I. Sheinman, X. Chen, “Stress-driven buckling patterns in spheroidal core/shell structures,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 105, 19132-19135 (2008)

Research Interest 

  • Mechanical Self-assembly
  • Mechanics and Instability of Soft Materials
  • Mechanics of Energy Absorption/Storage Materials
  • Design of Multifunctional Advanced Materials
  • Finite Element Modeling