Staff profile

Professor Zhiyin Yang

Professor of Aerospace Engineering

Zhiyin Yang


Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


College of Science and Engineering


School of Computing and Engineering




Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I hold the chair of Aerospace Engineering in the College of Enginerring and Technology at the University of Derby. After I received my PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) from the University of Sheffield, I worked at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Surrey as research fellow/senior research fellow before becoming a member of faculty at the University of Loughborough. I left Loughborough to take a readership at the University of Sussex and then moved to the University of Derby. My main role is research and teaching.

I have been conducting world leading research in turbulent/transitional flow simulation, in particular, in the development of Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) techniques for turbulent/transitional flow, two phase flow, heat transfer and combustion. I have published more than 100 scientific papers in reputable journals (JFM; Physics of Fluids; AIAA etc), academic books and international conferences. I have secured many research projects funded by research councils and leading industries, established and conducted collaborative research at international level with both academic and industrial partners.

I have served as an Editorial Board member of three international journals and has chaired over many international conferences/workshops, invited to give Keynote Speech at several international conferences.

Teaching responsibilities

My main teaching area is Thermofluids and currently I am teaching the following two modules:

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


Research qualifications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Research collaborations with Aerospace and Automotive industries.

International experience

Additional interests and activities

Badminton and Music.

Recent publications