Staff profile

Professor Zhiyin Yang

Professor of Aerospace Engineering

Zhiyin Yang


Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


College of Science and Engineering


School of 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.

I have been conducting world-leading research in turbulent/transitional flow simulation, and a pioneer in the development of Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) approach. I have published more than 130 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. My current research includes Hydrogen combustion engines, applications of AI in flow modelling and LES of wind/tidal turbines.

I have served as an Editorial Board member of several international journals and have chaired over many international conferences/workshops, invited to give Keynote Speech at international conferences. I have been added to the ‘World Ranking Top 2% Scientists’, a global list created and updated annually by Stanford University. This list, considered among the most prestigious worldwide, includes just over 100,000 scientists and is based on two datasets, one career-long and one focusing on the previous year, showing how frequently academics are cited according to a range of measures.

Teaching responsibilities

My main teaching area is Thermofluids.

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


Experience in industry

Research collaborations with Aerospace and Automotive industries.

International experience

Additional interests and activities

My additional interests are badminton and music. 

Recent publications

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