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Dr. Bosco Yu

Assistant Professor (CLA)

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Expertise:
Solid mechanics, impact mechanics, hybrid materials (cellular lattices, fibre composites, metal/metal hybrids), material selection, finite element methods, and rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing
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Office:
ETB-403
Phone:
+1 905.525.9140 x 24397

Overview

Dr. Bosco Yu is an Assistant Professor (CLA) in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at McMaster University.

Dr. Yu's teaching responsibility focuses on the development of a new first year engineering curriculum as part of McMaster Engineering's 'The Pivot' transformation, teaching the new first year course (1P13), and conducting pedagogy research. Dr. Yu is a strong advocate for student-centered learning and project-based learning. He hopes to contribute to the transformation of engineering education so that students are well-equipped to face the challenges of the future in engineering, and can build core engineering competencies in a more self-motivated and confident manner in a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

Dr. Yu’s academic research interests and expertise focus on using an integrated design approach that involves the synthesis of material selection, finite element methods, rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing, and machine learning to improve the mechanical properties of hybrids materials (fibre composites, metal/metal hybrids, and cellular lattices) and biomedical materials (surgical implants, head protection, and armour). 

Education

PhD, University of Cambridge
MASc, University of Toronto
BASc, University of Toronto

Biography

Dr. Yu obtained his BASc (2010) and MASc (2012) from the University of Toronto. For his Master's thesis, Dr. Yu conducted research on the design of cellular lattice materials for automotive impact attenuator applications. Following his MASc, Dr. Yu was grateful to receive a full scholarship (Croucher Cambridge International Scholarship) to pursue his PhD at the University of Cambridge, working at the Cambridge Centre of Micromechanics. During his doctoral research, Dr. Yu collaborated with Hexcel Corporation in the development of a new type of carbon fibre composite laminate with high impact resistance and damage tolerance, for use in airplane fuselages and other aerospace applications. He obtained his PhD in 2017.

After his graduate studies, Dr. Yu held a one year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto (2017-2018) collaborating with the National Research Council Canada (NRC) and the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) on developing a cold-sprayed copper coating with high toughness for use in nuclear waste storage applications. Dr. Yu joined McMaster University in 2018, working as a postdoctoral fellow and a sessional instructor. He helped investigate the mechanics of graded metal hybrids and additive manufactured heterogeneous cellular materials. During these two years, he was a successful co-applicant for a DFG grant and will be helping to organize an international conference focusing on biomaterials for trauma surgical applications. He has also served as a reviewer for the Journal of Materials Science and Nanotechnology and the Journal of Materials Research, and he is currently an editorial member of the journal Composite Materials.

Dr. Yu is passionate about teaching and sharing knowledge. During his two years of teaching experience as a sessional instructor, he explored an new engineering pedagogical approach (“Darwinian learning”) that mimics genetic algorithms – where multiple groups of students working on a design project would collaborate both within and across groups, iterate new versions of the design, and compete to develop the design best suited to the application. This collaborative, iterative, and integrative approach has the potential to accelerate the pace of learning and enrich the experience of the students in the classroom.

In 2020, Dr. Yu was pleased to join the faculty at McMaster University as a teaching Assistant Professor (CLA). He is excited to be involved in the development of a new first year engineering curriculum and will be teaching the new first year course (1P13). He hopes to contribute to the transformation of engineering education so that students are well-equipped to face the challenges of the future in engineering, and can build core engineering competencies in a more self-motivated and confident manner in a diverse and inclusive learning environment.