Dr. Cheng Yu


Structural Testing Lab (J120)

Dr. Cheng Yu

Email: cyu@unt.edu

Phone: 940-891-6891

Fax: 940-565-2666

Office: NTRP F115-X

Website: http://technology.engineering.unt.edu/public/cyu/index.htm

Faculty Page: https://faculty.unt.edu/editprofile.php?pid=1156

Areas of Research
Thin-walled, cold-formed steel structures
Structural stability
Computational mechanics

Dr. Cheng Yu is an assistant professor of construction engineering technology and is the coordinator of the construction engineering technology program. He has extensive research and teaching experiences in light framed construction, structural design, building information modeling, and risk management in construction. Dr. Yu is the founder of the Nuconsteel Materials Testing Lab at UNT's Discovery Park. His research interests are: innovative high-performance cold-formed steel shear walls for mid-rise construction; analytical models of wood-based shear panels; next generation design methodology for web cripping strength; sustainable engineering in buildings; loss control and prevention in construction; and advanced test bed for developing sustainable construction materials. Read a profile of Dr. Yu in UNT Research magazine.


  • Ph.D., Civil/Structural Engineering, the Johns Hopkins University, 2005
  • M.S., Civil/Structural Engineering, the Johns Hopkins University
  • B.S., Civil/Structural Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing

Selected Publications:

  • Yu, C., & Schafer, B. W. (2006). Distortional Buckling Tests on Cold-Formed Steel Beams, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 132(4), 515-28.
  • Yu, C., & Schafer, B. W. (2006). Effect of Longitudinal Stress Gradient on the Ultimate Strength of Thin Plates. Elsevier, Thin-Walled Structures, 44(7), 787-99.
  • Yu, C., & Schafer, B. W. (2006). Finite Element Modeling of Cold-Formed Steel Beams: Validation and Application. 18th International Specialty Conference Cold-Formed Steel Structures, Orlando, FL.
  • Yu, C., & Lokie, T. (2006). Effective Width Method Based Design for Distortional Buckling of Cold-Formed Steel Beams. 18th International Specialty Conference Cold-Formed Steel Structures, Orlando, FL.
  • Yu, C., & Schafer, B. W. (2006). Stability of Thin Plates Under Longitudinal Stress Gradient. Annual Technical Session and Meeting, Structural Stability Research Council, San Antonio, TX.

Faculty Activities:

  • Developed and manage a Cold-Formed Steel Testing Laboratory at University of North Texas
  • Received over $750k competitive and industrial research grants 
  • Member of AISI COS and COFS Committees 
  • Faculty advisor for AGC student chapter