• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    - Energy harvesting
    - Vibrational structural health monitoring
    - Smart sensor and embedded systems
    - Air inequality

    Personal profile


    Dr Yu Jia is currently a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Aston University. Dr Jia's research expertise focuses on nonlinear dynamics, energy harvesting and smart sensing with applications in transport, energy, industrial and medical sectors. Dr Jia's teaching specialities revolve around dyanmics, statics, mechatronics, sensors and MEMS. Dr Jia has/is:

    • published 56 journal articles, 48 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,
    • 1813 citations, h-index: 23, i10-index: 41
    • 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,
    • Steering Board member of the Energy Harvesting Network,
    • Co-Chair, PowerMEMS 2023
    • TPC Chair, PowerMEMS 2021
    • Chair/host of Energy Harvesting 2020
    • Sessional Chair of in-Action and Poster, PowerMEMS 2019
    • Chair/host of Energy Harvesting 2017

    Research Interests

    • Nonlinear vibration dynamics
    • Energy harvesting
    • MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems)
    • Sensors and transducers
    • Structural health monitoring
    • Smart microsystems
    • Multi-functional composites
    • Conformal antenna
    • Printed flexible electronics and senors
    • 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
    • Steering board member, Energy Harvesting Network

    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

    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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

    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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