Yiliang (Leon) Liao

Yiliang Liao

Yiliang (Leon) Liao

Assistant Professor

Dr. Yiliang (Leon) Liao received his B.Sc. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China in 2006, and the M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD, in 2008. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 2012.

After graduation, he worked as a research engineer in Caterpillar Global Tech Center, Peoria, IL (2013-2014). Dr. Liao joined the University of Nevada, Reno in the Department of Mechanical Engineering as an Assistant Professor in July 2014. Dr. Liao's research interests include laser-based advanced manufacturing and laser materials processing, manufacturing process innovation, mechanical/physical property enhancement, integrated computational materials engineering, manufacturing process simulation and materials modeling.

  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Purdue University, 2012
  • M.Sc., Biomedical Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 2008
  • B.Sc., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, 2006

Research interests

  • Laser-assisted advanced manufacturing and materials processing, modeling of laser-matter interaction
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Micro/nanoscale manufacturing
  • Advanced materials processing towards applications in soft robotics, energy storage, biomedical engineering, etc.