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Research Interests

Dr. Yi Nie’s research interests lie broadly in the use of material characterization, computational modeling, and structural design and optimization to develop intelligent manufacturing processes and materials, with applications to next-generation products in automotive, medical, and mould and die, etc. His current research area includes Additive Manufacturing (especially Selective Laser Melting), Computational modeling of the various manufacturing processes (Additive Manufacturing, Laser Cutting, Extrusion, Injection Molding, Die Casting), and Lightweight Design (Topology optimization and lattice structure design). He has published 15 journal papers, 2 conference papers, and 3 patents (Google scholar citations 377, 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.

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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


Sep 2013Jul 2018

Award Date: 15 Jul 2018

Master, Central South University

Sep 2010Jun 2013

Award Date: 2 Jul 2013

Bachelor, Central South University

Sep 2006Jun 2010

Award Date: 25 Jun 2010


  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering

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  • Staff


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