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Yu Zou

Materials Science and Engineering / University of Toronto /

Research Areas

Artificial Intelligence
Manufacturing and Construction


Dr. Yu Zou joined the MSE Department at U of T as an Assistant Professor in January 2018, after working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He received his doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees from ETH Zurich, McGill University, and Beihang University, respectively, all in Materials Science and Engineering. He was also a JSPS visiting scholar at Kyoto University. At U of T, Dr. Zou leads the Laboratory for Extreme Mechanics & Additive Manufacturing (LEMAM) and the research topics of his group include the design of novel metallic materials, multiscale mechanical testing, metal additive manufacturing (3D printing) and applied machine learning. At U of T, Dr. Zou is teaching “Mechanical behaviour of materials”, “Fracture and failure of materials” and “Additive manufacturing of advanced engineering materials”. Dr. Zou is currently serving as the Chair of Materials Technical Section in the Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM (MetSoc) in Canada.

Research Interests

  • Metals: high-entropy alloys, nanocrystalline alloys
  • Mechanics: nanoindentation, in-situ instrumentation
  • Manufacturing: additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Machine Learning: machine learning for alloy design


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