Associate Professor Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering

Dr Yu Liu received his BSc and MSc from Beihang University, and PhD from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining the Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering at SUSTech in 2016, he was a Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Cambridge, and then an Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Surrey. Dr Liu serves as the Director of the “Advanced Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics Laboratory” (A3 Lab) since 2017, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of Zhicheng College, SUSTech since 2019.

Dr Liu was awarded the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad. He was elected to Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA, UK) and Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in 2014, and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS, UK) in 2020. He was featured among the “World’s Top 2% Scientists” (2020 & 2021) by Stanford University in the field of Aerospace and Aeronautics. Dr Liu is also a recipient of the Overseas High-Calibre Personnel of Shenzhen (Peacock Program) in 2017 and the Young Elite of Science and Technology Innovation, Special Support Program of Guangdong in 2020.

Personal Profile


  • 2004 – 2008     PhD in Aeronautical Engineering, University of Cambridge
  • 2001 – 2004     MSc in Aerospace Engineering, Beihang University
  • 1997 – 2001     BSc in Aerospace Engineering, Beihang University

Academic Appointments

  • 11/2016 – Present      Associate Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology
  • 10/2012 – 09/2016     Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering, University of Surrey
  • 11/2009 – 09/2012     Research Associate, University of Cambridge
  • 09/2008 – 02/2009     Research Associate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Honors & Awards

  •   2020, 2021     World's Top 2% Scientists - Aerospace & Aeronautics, Stanford University
  •             2020     Teaching Excellence Award of SUSTech
  •             2020     Excellent College Mentor of SUSTech
  •             2020     Two Best Student Papers, The 11th National Congress on Fluid Mechanics of China
  •             2019     Young Elite of Science and Technology Innovation, Special Support Program of Guangdong
  •               2018     Pilot High-Level Talent, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
  •             2017     Peakcock Program of Overseas High-Calibre Personnel, Shenzhen
  •             2016     Best Student Paper Finalist, The 23rd International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV)
  •             2008     Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad
  • 2004 – 2008     Gates Cambridge Scholarship (GCS)
  • 2004 – 2007     Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme (ORSAS)

Professional Affiliations

  • 10/2020 –      Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), US
  • 06/2020 –      Fellow, Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), UK
  • 08/2014 –      Senior Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), US
  • 12/2014 –      Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK
  • 11/2020 –      Board Member, Guangdong Provincial Aeronautical Society, China
  • 10/2020 –      Committee Member, Division of Industrial Fluid Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics Committee, Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
  • 08/2019 –      Committee Member, Aerodynamics Technology Committee of Aero-Engine Internal Flow, Chinese Society of Aerospace Propulsion Technology

Professional and Academic Services

Journal Editorship

  • 08/2021 –                  Associate Editor, Journal of Aerospace Engineering (Impact Factor: 1.904, JCR Q2 in Aerospace Engineering)
  • 02/2021 –                  Associate Editor, Journal of Vibration and Control (Impact Factor: 3.095, JCR Q1 in Acoustics, Q2 in Mechanics/Mechanical Engineering)
  • 02/2021 –                  Guest Editor, Journal of Vibration and Acoustics (Impact Factor: 1.583, JCR Q3 in Acoustics/Mechanics/Mechanical Engineering)
  • 08/2020 – 08/2021    Lead Guest Editor, Journal of Aerospace Engineering (Impact Factor: 1.904, JCR Q2 in Aerospace Engineering)

Reviewer for Journals/Conferences (40+)

  • 04/2011  Present, Currently 20+ manuscripts per year
  • AIAA J, J Sound Vib, J Fluid Mech, J Acoust Soc Am, J Propul Power, Aerosp Sci Technol, Compos Struct, etc.
  • AIAA Aeroacoustics Conference, ASME Turbo Expo, GPPS Beijing19, etc.

Reviewer for Funding Agencies

  • 05/2019 –     National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
  • 08/2021        Guangdong Fundamental and Applied Fundamental Research Foundation, China
  • 07/2021        Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • 06/2021        Czech Science Foundation (GACR), Czech Republic
  • 01/2017        Junior Research Fellowship, Churchill College, University of Cambridge
  • 02/2016        Technology Foundation STW, The Netherlands
  • 10/2015        Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK

Reviewer for Publishing Companies

  • 09/2021        Elsevier Academic Press, New edition proposal for “The Aero and Hydroacoustics of Low Mach Number Flows”, by Prof. Stewart Glegg and Prof. William Devenport



Aeroacoustics: Bluff body flow and noise control, airfoil noise mechanisms and control, low-noise rotors and fans, combustion noise, surface roughness boundary-layer noise

Aerodynamic and acoustic testing: phased microphone array design, deep learning acoustic imaging, aeroacoustic wind tunnel

Vibroacoustics: sound insulation of sandwich structures, acoustic meta-surfaces


Course leader: Fluid Mechanics Lab (UG Y3), Jet Propulsion (UG Y3), Aeroacoustics (Graduate, UG Y4)

Course participant: Introduction to Aerospace and Mechanics (UG Y1/Y2), Frontier Seminars on Mechanics (Graduate)

Publications Read More

Dr Liu has published >100 research papers on top-class journals and international conferences including >40 SCI journal articles as the first or corresponding author (almost all JCR Q1/Q2), e.g. J. Sound Vib., AIAA J., J. Acoust. Soc. Am., Compos. Struct., Combust. Flame. His research is funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Department of Science and Technology of Guangdong, the Science and Technology Innovation Commission of Shenzhen, China Aerodynamics Research and Development Center and industry projects.

News More

  • Dr Arcondoulis' paper appears in AIAA Journal

  • Qian Liu's paper appears in Journal of Sound and Vibration

  • Mr Kaibin Wen's paper appears in Aerospace Science and Technology


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Join us


We have various openings in the “Advanced Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics Laboratory” (A3 lab) for postdoctoral researchers, research assistants, visiting scholars/postgraduates, and PhD programs with internationally competitive salary. Students and researchers interested in aeroacoustics and flow/noise control (with background in fluid, acoustics, mechanics, etc.) are encouraged to get in touch and join our lab. Please send a cover letter explaining your qualifications and research plan for the position, a CV with a list of publications, and the contact details of two referees to the email:

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Applicants should be of outstanding quality and exceptionally motivated, and should have

  • a PhD degree in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering, Acoustics, Mechanics or a closely related discipline;
  • strong and demonstrated experience in aeroacoustics, flow/noise control or related fields;
  • good publications in peer-reviewed top journals;
  • preferably practical experience of aerodynamic and acoustic testing systems (e.g. wind tunnel, anechoic chamber) as well as CFD simulations.

Salary and benefits

  • The positions are for two years initially, renewable depending on funding availability;
  • Annual salary ~ 335k RMB (~ £38k or $47k), including housing & dining stipends and festival bonus, plus contributions to superannuation, medical insurance, etc.;
  • Outstanding candidates can apply for the Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship with annual salary of 415k RMB (~ £47k or $58k);
  • A travel grant of 25,000 RMB in two years for attending academic conferences and workshops, etc.

PhD Programmes

SUSTech Presidential PhD Fellowships

SUSTech offers the Presidential PhD Fellowship to full-time PhD students with excellent research potential. This prestigious Fellowship provides an annual stipend of RMB 100,000 for a maximum period of 4 years.


  • Applicants should be of outstanding quality and exceptionally motivated, and should have
  • Applicants must possess a Master’s degree.
  • Applicants should have graduated from a leading university in a country/region, and have demonstrated outstanding potential for research excellence.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills as well as leadership abilities are also important criteria for the selection of Fellowship recipients.
  • English language requirements: TOEFL 80 or above; or IELTS 6.0 overall or above, with no sub-scores lower than 5.5.


Please refer to the Admission to the PhD programmes at the Graduate School for more information on tuition and accommodation fees, how to apply, evaluation and admission, and visa application and registration.

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