Dr. Bosco Yu, PhD (Cantab), P.Eng 余曉明

  • Croucher Cambridge International Scholarship in 2012 at University of Cambridge

Current academic Position

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering (materials division), University of Victoria (Canada)


BASc 2010 (U. of Toronto); MASc 2012 (U. of Toronto); PhD 2017 (U. of Cambridge)
Post-doc 2017-2018 (U. of Toronto); Post-doc 2018-2020 (McMaster U.); 
Assistant Professor (McMaster U.);

Educational social media channels (Twitter and Instagram): @boscoyu_sci

Area of expertise

Architected cellular materials, hybrid materials, additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping, mechanical properties, solid mechanics, mechanics of materials


Theoretical Topics (Mechanics, Materials and Design)

  • Mechanics of structural composites/hybrids
  • Mechanics of architected (cellular) materials
  • Mechanics of microstructural graded alloys
  • Grain boundary engineering
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing, cold spraying, and rapid prototyping)
  • Engineering design through nature-inspiration: bio-mimicry and crystal-inspired materials
  • Sustainable composites

Research Applications (for sustainable development)

  • Sustainable natural composites (green economy)
  • 3D-printed lightweight aerospace/automotive components (reducing emissions)
  • 3D-printed surgical implants and devices (healthcare)
  • 3D-printed sports equipment (well-being)

Research Description

Dr. Bosco Yu obtained his PhD at the University of Cambridge with a research focus on Mechanics, Materials, and Design. 

He currently leads a research group ("Hybrid 3D") at the University of Victoria that leverages additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping to develop new generations of composites / hybrid materials and to study their mechanical properties. These lightweight and recyclable materials can help save weight, thereby reducing carbon emissions and raw materials used in transportation and manufacturing. They can also offer uniquely tailorable material properties (e.g. stiffness, strength, and toughness) that can be used to optimize performance for a specific application. This makes them attractive as sustainable solutions in a vast variety of applications (e.g. in the automotive, aerospace, sports, and biomedical sectors). At the Hybrid 3D research lab, we aim to create versatile new materials that can contribute to sustainable development and the green economy globally.