Yue-Ying Lau was born in Hong Kong, China in 1947.
He received his SB, SM, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1968, 1970, and 1973, respectively. From 1973 to 1979, he was an Instructor and then an Assistant Professor in applied mathematics at MIT, working on the density wave theory of galaxies. He was with Science Applications Inc., McLean, VA, from 1980 to 1983, and with the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, from 1983 to 1992, both as a Research Physicist. In 1992, he joined the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor as a Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences. He has worked on electron beams, coherent radiation sources, plasmas and discharges.
He made contributions to gyrotron traveling wave amplifier, fluid theory of gyrotron, multipactor discharge, relativistic klystron, accelerator and Z-pinch stability, quantum and higher-dimensional Child-Langmuir Law, low noise magnetron, Thomson X-ray sources, and electrical contact. He has eleven patents and over 230 refereed publications.
He served three terms (1994-2005) as an Associate Editor of the Physics of Plasmas, and was a Guest Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science Special Issue on High Power Microwave Generation (June, 1998). He was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1986 and Fellow of IEEE in 2007. He received the 1989 Sigma-Xi Scientific Society Applied Science Award, and the 1999 IEEE Plasma Science and Applications Award.
John R. Pierce Award for Excellence in Vacuum Electronics 2017
For seminal contributions to our understanding of the technical foundations of vacuum electronics, and for training generations of talented engineers and scientists in the field.