Dr. Yeh taught computer science at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Maryland at College Park. He was also Chairman of the Department of Computer Sciences at both Texas and Maryland. Under his leadership, he helped both departments to gain top-ten ranking nationally (the only top-ten ranking department at Maryland then). He was the Control Data Corporation Distinguished professor at the University of Minnesota, and is an honorary professor at four leading universities in China. He is founding editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering as well as Journal on Systems Integration and is on the editorial board of various journals. He also founded the Technical Committee on Software Engineering as well as the International Software Engineering Conference (ICSE) within the IEEE.
He has published 10 books, including the four volume classic on Programming Methodology published by Prentice-Hall, and more than 120 scientific articles. Most recently, he co-authored his first business book “Zero Time” published by John Wiley & Sons. in August, 2000. In 1983, he turned down an offer to head up the software division of Microelectronics and Computer Company (MCC)- a company set up by 20 large companies to counter the threat of Japanese’ 5-generation technology, to become an entrepreneur. He founded three successful software companies during the time of 1983 to 1999. Dr. Yeh served as a board member to several organizations. He has also served as a management consultant to many nations including United Nations, US, Sweden, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Singapore as well as to world-class organizations including IBM, AT&T, Siemens (Germany), Agribusiness (Brazil), Fujitsu (Japan), NEC (Japan), Hatachi (Japan), Price Waterhouse, Singapore Housing and Economic Development Boards, etc. In 1979, he helped Dr. K.T.Li—long time economic and finance minister of Taiwan, to design the Institute of Information Industries (III) as a means to help Taiwan in its second economic transformation based on IT.
In 1981, he chaired a blue-ribbon committee for the US Department of Defense to develop its software vision, which later become the STARS program with more than $100 million invested. The British ministry of defense also copied the concept with a similar project.
In 1983, Premier Zhao of China asked his help to transform China into a software export country. Dr. Yeh was working with researchers in 13 elite institutions in China with two training centers set up at the Beijing University in Beijing and Fu Dan University in Shanghai as well as the design of two software factories in Beijing and Shanghai, respectively. The project produced an integrated Software Engineering Environment in 1986, on a par with the commercial product in the US. Dr. Yeh withdrew from this project shortly after completion of this technology and training of several hundred software engineers to focus on his second company with the Department of Defense as its primary customer.
He is a fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS), and a senior research fellow at the ICC Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. He was an honorary research fellow at Fujutsu from 1976 to 1985. He is a co-founder of the Society for Design and Process Science and its first President, and co-founder of the Software Engineering Society. Dr. Yeh is a recipient of the IEEE Centennial Medal, the IEEE Golden-core award, Special Award of the IEEE Computer Society, the SDPS Awards for Scholarship and Lifetime Achievement, as well as Visionary Leadership in Information Technology Award from the government of Taiwan, among others.Dr. Yeh also practices energy healing and is currently working on his second business book.