• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    Dr Yu Jia is a Senior Lecturer at Aston University since 2019, having previously been an Associate Professor at University of Chester. Dr Jia's research expertise is on nonlinear micro-dynamics, functional nanomaterials, energy harvesting and smart sensing. Dr Jia has/is:

    • published 58 journal articles, 54 international conference papers, filed 12 patents,
    • been a PI/Co-I for £3.5 million (£1M to institution) worth of funding and £400k worth of scholarships, generated £200k in IP royalty, and a named researcher for £800k worth of projects,
    • 2039 citations, h-index: 26, i10-index: 44
    • collaborated with about 30 universities, 10 companies and 2 charities,
    • co-founder of the Cambridge spin-out company: 8power Ltd,
    • reviewer for 52 journals, grant reviewer for UKRI and IRC,
    • Senior Member of the IEEE, Fellow of HEA, Santander Fellow,
    • Steering Committee member of PowerMEMS community,
    • Convenor of the Energy Harvesting Network,
    • Co-Chair, PowerMEMS 2023
    • TPC Chair, PowerMEMS 2021
    • Chair/host of Energy Harvesting 2020 and 2017 events
    • Sessional Chair of in-Action and Poster, PowerMEMS 2019
    • TPC member of PowerMEMS since 2019

    Research Interests

    • Nonlinear micro-dynamics
    • Energy harvesting
    • Embedded systems
    • Condition monitoring
    • Functional nanomaterials
    • Multi-functional composites
    • Air pollution


    • PhD in Engineering, University of Cambridge, 2014
    • MEng in Electromechanical Engineering, 1st Class Honours, University of Southampton, 2010

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
    • Fellow, Santander Universities
    • Convenor, Energy Harvesting Network
    • Steering committee member, PowerMEMS community

    Funding Applications and Awards

    • PI, H2020-MSCA-RISE project, INTAKE, 795k Euroes (211,600 Euroes to institution).
    • PI, DASA/QinetiQ funding, £37k
    • PI, KTP, AutoAlign for cars and vans, £250k
    • PI, IUK funding on tackling non-exhaust and non-road vehicle air pollution, 2020-2021, £1.5M (£250k to institution)
    • PI, Industry consultancy, 2019, £12k
    • PI, Academic consultancy, 2019, £8k
    • PI, Learning and Teaching pedagogy dissemination grant, 2018: £0.4k
    • Co-I, 2018-2020, Innovate UK Industrial challenge: £500k
    • PI, 2017, Industrial funded feasibility study phase 1: £25k
    • PI, 2016, International Research Excellence Award 2016/17: £1k
    • PI, 2015-2017, Vibration dynamics and MEMS lab: ~£50k
    • Co-I, 2015, CSIC core project on vibration powered WSN for automotive applications: £2k
    • Co-I, 2013-2014, CSIC core small project - energy harvesting prototype and benchmark: £25k


    • IOP Outstanding Reviewer Award 2019 (SMS)
    • Publons Top Peer Reviewer, Global Peer Review Awards 2019
    • IOP Outstanding Reviewer Award 2018 (SMS)
    • Elsevier Outstanding Reviewer status, MSSP, Oct 2018
    • Elsevier Outstanding Reviewer status, Applied Acoustics, Oct 2018
    • Elsevier Outstanding Reviewer status, Sensors and Actuators A, July 2018
    • Research Informed Teaching Award, University of Chester Learning and Teaching Conference, June 2018
    • IOP Outstanding Reviewer Award 2017 (SMS)
    • Santander International Research Excellence Award 2016/2017
    • Best Student Oral Presentation Award at PowerMEMS 2013, the Royal Society, London, UK

    Teaching Activity

    Dynamics, mechatronics and MEMS

    External positions

    Associate Professor, University of Chester

    1 Jan 20191 Mar 2019

    Senior Lecturer, University of Chester

    1 Oct 201731 Dec 2018

    Visiting Academic, University of Cambridge

    1 Jan 201631 Dec 2017

    Lecturer, University of Chester

    22 Jun 201530 Sept 2017

    Research Associate, University of Cambridge

    19 Mar 201419 Jun 2015


    • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
    • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
    • QC Physics


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