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Dr Lai Nai Yeen Gavin is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering with the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China. He is a Chartered Engineer registered with Engineering Council, UK and holds the Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

He was previously a product line manager with a German semiconductor device manufacturer in Malaysia, with responsibilities in manufacturing, engineering, planning, and operations management before pursuing his academic and research ambitions.

He had been involved in professional training and development during his time in the industry. More recently, he led the delivery and assessment of the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) for the Ningbo Campus academics from 2017-2019.

His areas of expertise and research interest include sustainable manufacturing systems, Industry 4.0, and engineering education. His specific field in T&L scholarship (SOTL) includes academic staff development, problem-based education, and the use of technology to enhance T&L.

Dr Lai is a corporate member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE). He had also previously served as the Honorary Secretary of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Malaysia Branch.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA in Technology & Innovation Management, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.


Professional memberships

Corporate Member, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)





  • Programming, Professional and Laboratory skills
  • Engineering Design and Design Project
  • Design, Manufacture and Project
  • Engineering Management 2
  • Introduction to Material Forming
  • Near Net Shape Manufacturing
  • Thermodynamics II
  • Introduction to Production and Manufacturing



  • Industry 4.0
  • Sustainable Manufacture: Production & Consumption
  • Individual Pathway (PGCHE)
  • Teaching Dialogue (PGCHE)
  • Project Module (PGCHE)


Research Interests

  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Industry 4.0
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Circular Economy
  • FRP Recycling
  • SOTL

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Management Science and Engineering
  • Pedagogy

Person Types

  • Staff


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