Patrick Yang Appointed to New Jersey Institute of Technology Board of Overseers

NEWARK, October 18-- Patrick Y. Yang, vice president, materials management and management engineering for Merck Manufacturing Division, Merck & Co, Inc., was recently appointed to New Jersey Institute of Technologyís (NJIT) Board of Overseers.

The NJIT Board of Overseers is composed of senior executives, CEOs and entrepreneurs. Members of the NJIT Board of Overseers provide a broad range of advocacy for and support to NJIT, both corporate and personal. Beyond creating a connection between the university and the corporation, some overseers have demonstrated their personal commitment by creating scholarships to honor loved ones. These businessmen and women also serve as professional advisers, supplying expertise in a multitude of areas including marketing and strategic planning.

Yang graduated from National Chiaotung University in Taiwan with a bachelorís degree in electrical engineering in 1969. He earned his masterís degree in the same field from the University of Cincinnati in 1972, and his doctorate in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the Ohio State University in 1975.

After his graduation, Yang worked for Life Systems, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1972 to 1981. He started as a principal research engineer and in 1976 was promoted to program manager of NASA-funded spacecraft life support systems automation project and several Department of Defense-funded bio-medical research projects. He won a NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Group Achievement Award in 1980 for his innovation for the closed-loop, regenerative-life support systems automation development project for long-duration orbiters.

From 1981 to 1992, Yang worked for General Electric (GE). During his 12 years at GE, he worked in various leadership roles in research, development, engineering, manufacturing, and information technology areas. He was instrumental in the development of several in-process vision and quality testing systems, including the successful development and implementation of a distributed real-time statistical process control network. His last assignment at GE was the head of its worldwide automotive lighting engineering operation. In that role, he was responsible for product development, process engineering and manufacturing engineering for GEís automotive lamp business.

Yang joined Merck & Co., Inc. in 1992 as executive director, automation and information technology, responsible for Merck's worldwide factory automation and manufacturing information systems. He was promoted to vice president, procurement and materials management in 1994. In that role, he was responsible for Merckís global procurement, materials management, production planning, distribution and new products planning.

In 1997, he was promoted to vice president, Asia/Pacific manufacturing operations. He was responsible for the creation and construction of a new pharmaceutical chemical plant in Singapore ($600 million investment) and for running Merck's manufacturing and licensee operations in the Asia/Pacific region (Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Australia, etc.). In mid-2000, he assumed the leadership role as Merck's corporate vice president of business process engineering at the firmís corporate headquarters in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. In this position, he was accountable for the corporate-wide operational excellence initiative designed to maximize the company's business process and organizational quality, responsiveness, effectiveness and efficiency. In November 2001, he was appointed to his present position as vice president of materials management and management engineering. In this role, he is accountable for Merckís global procurement, supply chain management, new products planning, distribution, logistics, product sourcing, business process improvement, divisional learning and training, and manufacturing automation and information systems.

Yang is a member of Phi Beta Tau. He is a member of advisory boards for University of Michigan and for NJIT.


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.

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