Staff profile

Professor Zhiyin Yang

Professor of Aerospace and Composite Engineering


Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


College of Engineering and Technology

Research centre

Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE)


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



Professor Zhiyin Yang holds the chair of Aerospace and Composite Engineering in the Department of Engineering at the University of Derby. He received his PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) from the University of Sheffield, 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. He left Loughborough to take a readership at the University of Sussex and then moved to the University of Derby.

Prof. Yang has 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 for more than 25 years. He has about 100 scientific publications in reputable journals (JFM; Physics of Fluids; AIAA etc), academic books and international conferences. He has 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.

Prof. Yang serves 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.

Research interests


Research Qualifications

Recent conferences

Keynote Speech at the 6th International Symposium on Jet Propulsion and Power Engineering, Beijing, China, Oct. 2017


Experience in industry

Have had research collaborations with Aerospace and Automotive industries.


International experience

Additional interests and activities

Sports (mainly Badminton now) and Music.


Recent publications