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Dr Zi Lin is a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University. She holds a PhD degree in Engineering from the University of Strathclyde (UK); an MSc in Civil Engineering and a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, both from Dalian University of Technology (China). Prior to Northumbria, she was a Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde and Cranfield University.

Her main area of expertise is regarding fluid mechanics and offshore renewable energy systems (wind, wave and solar energy), focusing on the dynamics of renewable energy system modelling through the advanced numerical method and artificial intelligence algorithm. She has published more than 30 peer-reviewed international journals and conference papers and serves as a reviewer for top-rated journals.

To be involved in the energy sector outside of academia, she is a recognized professional in Project Management, who is licensed as a PRINCE2 Practitioner and have full membership at AXELOS. Apart from it, she is a frequent presenter and session-chair (35th, 37th and 38th; Ocean Renewable Energy) at the International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE). Besides, she owns the Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Full Membership of the Women's Engineering Society (WES) and Membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) & Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Research interests

  • Wind turbine aero-hydro-servo-elastic (AHSE) and drivetrain modelling
  • Method and application of machine learning
  • Offshore renewable energy (wind, wave and PV)
  • Hydrodynamics of offshore renewable energies and Boundary Element Method
  • Multibody Dynamics

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Engineering, PhD

31 Aug 201531 Dec 2099


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