Rui Yangstudied metallic materials at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Wuhan Institute of Hydraulic and Electric Engineering from 1980 to 1984 and then went on to read for his MSc degree in the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Science. He obtained his PhD degree in materials science from the University of Cambridge in 1992 and was elected a Title A Research Fellow of St John’s College Cambridge 1992-1995. He has been the head of Titanium Alloys Division of the Institute of Metal Research Chinese Academy of Sciences since 1997. His research focused on gamma and orthorhombic titanium aluminides, emphasising both fundamental understanding and forming technologiesto turn materials into components. Highlignts of the Titanium Alloys Divisionalso include the development of a series of high temperature titanium alloys, silicon carbide fibre reinforced titanium matrix composite, low modulus superelastic titanium alloys, as well as near net shape processes of powder metallurgy and investment casting. Dr Yang’s research has led to industrial contracts with companies including Rolls-Royce, Airbus, and General Motors.
Dr Yang was appointed a deputy director of the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001 and the director in 2012.