Yun-Yuan Chang will receive the 2015 Mineral and Rock Physics Graduate Research Award, given annually to one or more promising young scientists for outstanding contributions achieved during their Ph.D. research. Recipients of this award are engaged in experimental and/or theoretical studies of Earth and planetary materials with the purpose of unraveling the physics and chemistry that govern their origin and physical properties.
Yun-Yuan Chang received her B.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan) in 2002 and a M.Sc. in material science and engineering from Stanford University in 2008. She received her Ph.D. in mineral physics under the supervision of Steven Jacobsen and Craig Bina at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Her research interests include the influence of defects on properties of minerals and Earth’s deep water cycle.