I dedicated my career to Physics and the fascinating behavior of electromagnetic, acoustic and elastics waves. It is a multidisciplinary area related to wave, from mathematics to material sciences, from theory to simulation, from modeling to algorithms. I use different approaches to provide the most advanced technology for scientific and social advancement.

Ying Wu is an Professor of Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (AMCS) and Principal investigator of the Waves in Complex Media Research Group.

Education and early career

She obtained her Ph.D. in physics in 2008 from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), which was followed by a two-year postdoctoral fellowship.

Areas of expertise and current scientific interests

Her research interests revolve around modeling and computing classical wave propagation in complex systems, with a particular focus on homogenization schemes of complex heterogeneous media, metamaterials and Dirac and Dirac-like cones in periodic systems. Her extended work brought advancements in theoretical and design knowledge on metamaterial, photonic and phononic crystals as long as waves in random media.

Why phononincs?

Over the past decade, the field has seen rapid growth, starting from electromagnetic metamaterials to acoustic metamaterials and elastic metamaterials. Wu’s contribution to the field advances in theoretical exploration and numerical simulation of classical wave propagation in complex systems to design the new type of elastic metamaterial and advanced modeling for new developments in electronics and telecommunication systems. Her most recent work also focuses on seismic modeling for risk prevention. 


CEMSE offers a dynamic environment to develop my ideas and test approaches on a large variety of projects. The innovative, solution-based approach to research at CEMSE is very inspirational. Here my work benefits of the greatest contribution of colleagues and students. CEMSE gives me the opportunity to get a glimpse of most scientific researchers out there, knowing that I will make a difference.

Education Profile

  • Ph.D. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, 2008
  • B.S. Nanjing University, China, 2002