Williams Professor of Mathematics; University Distinguished Professor; University Scholar; Chairperson

Professor Yang joined UVM in 1994, rose to the rank of Full Professor in 2005, and is currently Williams Professor of Mathematics, University Scholar, and University Distinguished Professor, in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He is also an elected Fellow of OSA (Optical Society of America). He received his BS from Tsinghua University (1989) and Ph.D. from MIT (1994). Professor Yang was Editor-in-Chief for the premier applied mathematics journal, Studies in Applied Mathematics, from 2014 to 2019. He has also been the book-series editor for Springer Tracts in Modern Physics since 2018. He received the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Faculty Award for Excellence in Research at UVM in 2014. He also sat on the organizing board for two premier conferences, CLEO in the field of nonlinear optics and IMACS in the field of nonlinear waves in general. His research in applied and physical mathematics has been supported by continuous extramural funding for the past 20 years. His work developing advanced mathematical techniques to solve important physical problems combines theoretical approaches with applied solutions. He has authored three research monographs and over 140 articles and book chapters.


1. D.N. Christodoulides and J. Yang (Eds), Parity-time Symmetry and Its
Applications (Springer, 2018).

2. V.V. Konotop, J. Yang and D.A. Zezyulin, "Nonlinear waves in PT-symmetric
systems", Rev. Mod. Phys. 88, 035002 (2016).

3. J. Yang, Nonlinear Waves in Integrable and Nonintegrable Systems (SIAM,

4. M. Skorobogatiy and J. Yang, Fundamentals of Photonic Crystal Guiding
(Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Applied Mathematics, Nonlinear Waves, Nonlinear Optics, Numerical Methods


  • Ph.D., MIT (1994)


  • 802-656-4314
Office Location:

Innovation Hall E226

  1. Jianke's Website

Courses Taught

  • Math 19, Fundamentals of Calculus I
  • Math 20, Fundamentals of Calculus II
  • Math 124, Linear Algebra
  • Math 230, Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Math 237, Introduction to Numerical Analysis
  • Math 266, Chaos, Fractals and Dynamical Systems
  • Math 271, Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists
  • Math 330, Advanced Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Math 339, Partial Differential Equations
  • Math 349, Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations