David J. Yu

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

Purdue University
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051

Office: HAMP G175D
Phone: (765) 496-0577


Specialty Area(s)

Ph.D. in Sustainability Science
School of Sustainability, Arizona State University (2015)

Master in Public Policy
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (2010)

Bachelor of Applied Science
School of Engineering Science, Simon Fraser University (2004)

Research Interests
David's research centers on the resilience of complex coupled systems (e.g., engineered-social, socio-hydrological, social-ecological, or coupled natural and human systems) to unexpected, emergent shocks, and how biophysical and institutional factors interact to shape the dynamics of such coupled systems. He examines these interactions to understand the conditions for building sustainable communities from local to global scales in the face of global change. David brings diverse knowledge sets together to engage in this research: systems thinking and modeling, collective action and the commons, and human behavior, among others. His research methods include mathematical and computational modeling, case study analysis, and behavioral experiments.