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Ying-Cheng Lai

Ying-Cheng Lai

Professor, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
Arizona State University
PO Box 875706
Tempe, AZ 85287-5706


  • Professor, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Ying-Cheng Lai received a bachelor's and master's degrees in optical engineering from Zhejiang University in 1982 and 1985, and master's and doctoral degrees in physics from University of Maryland at College Park in 1989 and 1992, respectively. He wrote his doctoral dissertations on "Classical and Quantum Chaos under Celso Grebogi, James A. Yorke and Edward Ott." From 1992-1994, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine under Raimond Winslow and Murray Sachs. He joined the University of Kansas in 1994 as an assistant professor of physics and mathematics and became an associate professor in 1998. In 1999, he came to Arizona State University as an associate professor of mathematics and an associate professor of electrical engineering. He was promoted to professor of mathematics and professor of electrical engineering in 2001. In 2005, he switched full-time into the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. In 2009, Y.-C. Lai was named the Sixth Century Chair in Electrical Engineering by the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, U.K. In January 2014, he was awarded an ISS endowed Chair Professorship of Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University.

Y.-C. Lai received the Air Force Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House in 1997. In the same year, he also received the Faculty Career Award from the National Science Foundation. In 1999, he was elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society with the citation: For his many contributions to the fundamentals of nonlinear dynamics and chaos. In 2001, he served as program chair of statistical and nonlinear physics for the APS March Meeting. In 2003, he received an NSF ITR Award. In 2008, he received the Outstanding Referee Award from the American Physical Society. In 2016 he was one of the 15 selected nationwide by the Department of Defense for a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (formerly known as NSSEFF - National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship). In February 2018, he was elected as a corresponding fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (a foreign fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and Letters of Scotland).

As of October 25, 2018, Y.-C. Lai authored and co-authored more than 480 papers, with more than 440 in refereed journals. He has directed 20 doctoral and 20 master's theses and supported 14 postdoctoral fellows. In the past five years, he gave more than 50 invited lectures and colloquia all over the world. His papers have been cited more than 19,800 times. His current Google-Scholar based H-index is 67 and i10 index is 320.

Y.-C. Lai currently serves on the Editorial Board of Philosophical Transactions of Royal Society A, and is an associated editor of Scientific Reports and International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos. Previously, he was a co-editor of Europhysics Letters for five years and served on the Editorial Board of Physical Review E for five years.


  • PhD, Physics, University of Maryland, 1992
  • MS, Physics, University of Maryland, 1989
  • MS, Optical Engineering, Zhejang University, 1985

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Journal Articles


Huang, L., Y. Lai, D. K. Ferry, R. Akis and S. M. Goodnick. 2009. Transmission and scarring in graphene quantum dots. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 21(34):344203. DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/21/34/344203. (link )

Huang, L., Y. Lai, D. K. Ferry, S. M. Goodnick and R. Akis. 2009. Relativistic quantum scars. Physical Review Letters 103:054101. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.054101. (link )