Dr Nan Yu




1.074 Sanderson Building

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Mechanical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Materials and Processes

Research Theme: 

  • Digital Design and Manufacture
  • Materials Design, Processing and Characterisation


Dr Nan Yu is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor at the University of Edinburgh, and the Deputy Director of MSc Digital Design and Manufacture.

Nan was trained at 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 an Associate Scientist in precision alignment and metrology). He has established academic reputation in precision manufacturing and advanced plasma technologies as evidenced by over £ 800 K funding secured as PI, more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, 4 paper awards and 10 invited/keynote talks. Nan receives the prestigious Marie Curie International Fellowship (2018-2020), Irish Research Council Fellowship (2020), and Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowship (2023-2024). He holds two visiting appointments at UCD (2021-2026) and Osaka University (2022-2024). 

Academic Qualifications: 

PgCAP in Higher Education (2023), Edinburgh

PhD in Precision Engineering (2017), Cranfield

MSc in Mechanical Manufacturing (2013), Harbin;

BSc in Mechanical Engineering (2011), Harbin;

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

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

2018 International Scientific Committee member of European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology (EUSPEN);

2019 Member of International Academy of Engineering and Technology (AET);

2021 Research Affiliate of International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP);

2021 Member of EPSRC Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research;

2022 Fellow of Royal Society for Art, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA);

2023 Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA)


1. Conceptual Design for Mechanical Engineers 3 (Course Organiser);

2. BEng Mechanical Engineering Project 4;

3. Digital Manufacturing 5;

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

5. MEng Mechanical Engineering Project 5

Research Interests: 

Digital manufacturing

Large scale metrology

Atomic and Close-to-atomic Scale Manufacturing (ACSM)

Ultraprecision machining and optical fabrication

Energy beam processing (plasma, arc, laser)

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