Dr Nan Yu




1.074 Sanderson Building

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Mechanical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Materials and Processes

Research Theme: 

  • Materials Design, Processing and Characterisation


Dr Nan Yu is a Lecturer in Digital Manufacture at the University of Edinburgh (UoE). He was trained at Harbin Institute of Technology (BSc and MSc in mechanical engineering), Cranfield University (PhD: plasma figuring of large optics), University College Dublin (UCD, as a postdoc in precision manufacturing of medical devices), and the European Organisation of Nuclear Research (CERN, as a research fellow in precision alignment and metrology). He has established academic reputation in precision manufacturing and advanced plasma technologies as evidenced by more than 30 papers in peer-reviewed highly ranked journals and international conferences, 4 paper awards and 8 invited talks. In 2018, Nan received the prestigious Marie Curie International Fellowship and Irish Research Council Fellowship.

He is currently a member of International Scientific Committee of EUSPEN (European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology), Research Affiliate of CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering), member of EPSRC Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research. He holds two visiting appointments: visiting assistant professor at UCD (2021-2026) and cooperative associate scientist at CERN (2020-2022). 

Academic Qualifications: 

01/2017 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Cranfield University;

07/2013 Master of Science, Harbin Institute of Technology;

07/2011 Bachelor of Science (1st class Honours), Harbin Institute of Technology

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

2018 Professional Certificate of Entrepreneurial Educators, National University of Ireland;

2018 International Scientific Committee member of EUSPEN;

2019 Member of AET;

2021 Research Affiliate of CIRP;

2021 Member of EPSRC Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research


1. Conceptual Design for Mechanical Engineers 3;

2. BEng Mechanical Engineering Project 4;

3. Digital Manufacturing 5;

4. Metrology in MSc Digital Design and Manufacture (Course Organiser)

Research Interests: 

Digitally supported process;

Large scale metrology;

Advanced plasma technologies;

Ultra-precision manufacturing.

Further Information: 

One full scholarship available for UK/EU students (Starting Aug 2021);

Willingness to financial applications from EPSRC, CSC, Edinburgh, Scottish funding sources;