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 the Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA, UK) and Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in 2014, and the Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS, UK) in 2020. He 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

Professional Experience

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

Honors & Awards

  •             2020     Teaching Excellence Award of SUSTech
  •             2020     Excellent College Mentor of SUSTech
  •             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 nomination for 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 Activities

  • 2020/10 – Present     Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), US
  • 2020/06 – Present     Fellow, Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), UK
  • 2014/08 – Present     Senior Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), US
  • 2014/12 – Present     Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK
  • 2015/10 – Present     Referee for research funding agencies
    •  Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, UK),
    •  Technology Foundation STW (The Netherlands),
    •  Junior Research Fellowship (Churchill College, University of Cambridge), etc.
  • 2011/04 – Present     Peer review for > 20 journals and conferences
    •  AIAA J, J Sound Vib, J Fluid Mech, J Propul Power, Aerosp Sci Technol, Compos Struct, etc.
    •  AIAA Aeroacoustics, ASME Turbo Expo


Research areas: aeroacoustics, flow and noise control, vibroacoustics, aerodynamic and acoustic testing techniques.


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

Course participant: Introduction to Aerospace and Mechanics (UG Y1/2), Frontier Seminars on Mechanics (Graduate)

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Dr Liu has published >70 research papers on top-class journals and international conferences including >30 SCI journal articles as the first or corresponding author, 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 Centre and industry projects.

News More

  • A3 Lab achieved a breakthrough in acoustic source imaging based on deep learning

  • Mr Pikai Zhang's paper appears in Aerospace Science and Technology

  • Dr Yannian Yang' paper appears in Journal of Sound and Vibration


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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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