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Research Interests

Dr. Yi Nie's research interests lie in Additive Manufacturing (especially Selective Laser Melting), Simulation-driven design and optimization, and Computational Simulation of material Forming processes. His main R&D focus is to apply Additive Manufacturing for developing next-generation products in healthcare, aerospace, automotive etc. He has published 15 journal papers, 2 conference papers, and 3 patents (Google scholar citations 386, h-index 6).

Personal profile

Dr. Yi Nie is an Assistant Professor in Intelligent Manufacturing at the China Beacons Institute, University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). He obtained his MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering and BEng in Mechanical Design, Manufacturing and Automation from Central South University in June 2013 and June 2010, respectively. He was awarded his PhD degree in Mechanical Material and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Nottingham in July 2018. His work experience began as a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China from September 2016 to September 2018, where he participated in the "Automotive Parts Low-Carbon Manufacturing Innovation Team" project funded by Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau. He then worked as a Project Assistant in metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) at Swansea University UK from January 2019 to January 2022, where he participated in the "Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing (ASTUTE)" project supported by the EU Regional Development Fund. He is now responsible for teaching, scientific research, and industrial collaboration in the area of Intelligent Manufacturing at UNNC.

Collaboration Opportunities

Welcome the academic and industrial units to together apply for cooperative projects or establish joint laboratories. There is a PhD scholarship program open for applications. Please feel free to contact me. 

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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Mechanical Material and Manufacturing Engineering

Sept 2013Jul 2018

Award Date: 15 Jul 2018

Master, Mechanical Engineering, Central South University

Sept 2010Jun 2013

Award Date: 2 Jul 2013

Bachelor, Mechanical Design, Manufacturing and Automation, Central South University

Sept 2006Jun 2010

Award Date: 25 Jun 2010


  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering

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