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Yuping He, PhD - University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Oshawa, ON, CA

Yuping He, PhD Yuping He, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science | University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Oshawa, ON, CANADA

Designing safer and more fuel-efficient vehicle systems to mitigate the effects of global warming


Millions of vehicles travel North America’s busiest highway each day spanning the borders between Windsor, Ontario and Quebec. As a vital economic corridor, Highway 401 is closely navigated by single-trailer articulated heavy vehicles (STAHVs), producing toxic emissions that contribute to global warming. Yuping He, PhD, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, is exploring ways to increase highway safety and reduce air pollution from its worst offenders. He is partnering with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Ingersoll Axles, an Ontario-based company, to improve the safety of long combination vehicles (LCVs) for frequent use on Highway 401.

At roughly 40 metres in length, LCVs carry twice the load using two trailers, yet most highway ramps and interchanges weren’t designed for their use. An expert in optimizing vehicle systems to advance overall safety and performance, Dr. He’s current research aims to improve the maneuverability and stability of LCVs, making them safer for use. Significantly ramping up LCV use on Highway 401 would improve fuel economy to haul essential goods by one third, and simultaneously reduce one third of greenhouse gas emissions produced by Ontario’s trucking industry. Further implications of LCV use include both reduced traffic congestion and highway maintenance during peak travel times.

Appointed to UOIT in 2006, Dr. He received an Engineering Faculty Research Excellence Award in 2011. His multidisciplinary approach to advanced vehicle system dynamics and vehicle chassis design examines active safety systems and includes modelling and real-time simulation.

Dr. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Automotive Engineering from Hubei Automotive Industries Institute in 1985, the same year he began his career as a Design Engineer at Dongfeng Motor Co. in China. Upon completion of his Master of Science in Automotive Engineering from Tsinghua University in 1991, he joined Beijing Institute of Technology as a Lecturer and was appointed an Associate Professor in 1995. In 1998, he moved to Canada and obtained his Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2002, and received two Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Waterloo and the University of Windsor focusing on design optimization of motor vehicles. In 2005, he served as a senior design engineer at Detroit-based American Axle and Manufacturing.

Industry Expertise (6)




Mechanical/Industrial Engineering

Industrial Automation


Areas of Expertise (8)

Automated Design Synthesis of Mechatronic Vehicles

Road/Rail Vehicle System Dynamics

Active Safety Technologies for Articulated Vehicles

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Mechatronic Systems Modelling and Simulation

Vehicle Chassis Design

Driver Hardware In-The-Loop Real Time Simulation

Application of Thermal Fluid-Structure Interaction Analysis to Vehicle Design

Accomplishments (2)

Adjunct Professor, Hubei University of Automotive Technology (HUAT) (professional)


Dr. He serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Automotive Engineering at HUAT, located in Shiyan, China.

Research Excellence Award, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, UOIT (professional)


An Associate Professor in the Department of Automotive, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Dr. He received a Research Excellence Award for his contributions to advanced vehicle design and safety systems at UOIT in 2010.

Education (3)

University of Waterloo: PhD, Mechanical Engineering 2003

Tsinghua University: MASc, Automotive Engineering 1991

Hubei Automotive Industries Institute : BASc, Automotive Engineering 1985

Affiliations (4)

  • Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Professional Engineers Ontario
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Languages (2)

  • English
  • Chinese

Event Appearances (3)

Design of Vehicle Active Suspension System Using Discrete-time Sliding Mode Control with Parallel Genetic Algorithms

ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition  San Diego, California


Benchmark Investigation of Dynamics Models for Design Optimization of Articulated Heavy Vehicles with Active Safety Systems

ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition  San Diego, California


Design of Robust Controller for Vehicle Active Suspension Systems

23rd International Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks  Qingdao, China


Research Grants (3)

Design of Active Safety Systems for Long Combination Vehicles Considering Driver-Vehicle-Road Interactions

NSERC Discovery Grant $100000


PI He, Y. March 2012-2017

Validating and Optimizing Prototype of Active Trailer Steering Systems for Multi-Trailer Articulated Heavy Vehicles

Ontario Partnership for Innovation and Commercialization $51400


PI He, Y. July 2012-2013

A New Active Safety System for Multi-Trailer Articulated Heavy Vehicles

FedDev Ontario $100000


PI He, Y. June 2012-2013

Courses (4)

Chassis Systems Design

AUTE 4070U, Undergraduate Course

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Powertrain Design

AUTE 3290U, Undergraduate Course

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Automotive Vehicle Dynamics

ENGR 5310G, Graduate Course

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Directed Studies Course: Multibody System Dynamics

ENGR 5004/6004, Graduate Course

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