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 Science and Engineering 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 a 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 110 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 have 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


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Research collaborations with Aerospace and Automotive industries.

International experience

Additional interests and activities

Badminton and music.

Recent publications

For a full list of my publications please visit my ResearchGate profile