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Wei Yang

National Nature Science Foundation

Wei Yang is an internationally celebrated engineer and materials science researcher, educator, and administrator and president of China’s National Natural Sciences Foundation. Before the NSFC, Yang was president of Zhejiang University and head of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Technological Science Division. He was the youngest person ever to achieve the rank of full professor of engineering at Tsinghua University, which he did just four years after his graduation from Brown. He became director of the Failure Mechanics Laboratory of the Chinese Ministry of Education in 1993. From 1997–2004, he headed the Department of Engineering Mechanics at Tsinghua, also serving for a time as executive dean of the Aerospace School. From 2004 to 2006, he served as director-general of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council of China and also headed the Directorate of Graduate Education. He received his Ph.D. degree from Brown University in 1985.

Falling Walls Circle has welcomed and inspired a high-profile and multidisciplinary audience from science-focused institutions including AAAS, African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, European Research Council, Helmholtz Association, and UNESCO; renowned universities including MIT, NTU Singapore, Oxford and Stanford; global companies including BASF, Robert Bosch, Dow Europe, and X; senior government officials from Germany, the Russian Federation, the UK, and the USA; non-governmental organisations such as the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Nobel Foundation, the World Economic Forum and the XPRIZE Foundation; as well as industry pioneers from D-Wave, Element AI and Google DeepMind.

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