Nan Yu


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PhD projects

Digitally supported process; Large scale metrology; Advanced plasma technologies; Ultra-precision manufacturing.

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Dr Nan Yu is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor at the University of Edinburgh (UoE) and an Associate Scientist at the European Organisation of Nuclear Research (CERN). 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 (Postdoc: precision manufacturing of medical devices), and CERN (MSCA: precision alignment and metrology). He has established academic reputation in precision manufacturing and advanced plasma technologies. In 2018, Nan received the prestigious Marie Curie International Fellowship and Irish Research Council Fellowship, and joined the International Scientific Committee of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology. He joined UoE in 2020 to establish his research group in digital manufacturing and teaching activities (BEng: Conceptual design and MSc: Metrology). 

Positions available

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

Supporting financial applications from EPSRC, CSC, Edinburgh, Scottish funding sources.

Education/Academic qualification

Precision Manufacturing, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Cranfield University

… → 2017

Award Date: 19 Jan 2017

Mechanical Manufacturing, Master of Science, Harbin Institute of Technology

… → 2013

Award Date: 8 Jul 2013

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science (Honours), Harbin Institute of Technology

… → 2011

Award Date: 4 Jul 2011

External positions

Cooperative Associate Scientist, CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research

1 Jun 2018 → …


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • TS Manufactures


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