Alfred Yu (He/Him/His)

Alfred Yu
Professor, NSERC Steacie Fellow
Location: EIT 4125
Phone: 519-904-0660 x4221 519-888-4567 x36908


Alfred Yu is a Professor working in the area of biomedical engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is based in the ECE department and holds a cross appointment in Applied Mathematics. He is the Director of NSERC CREATE Program on Next-Generation Innovations in Ultrasonics (N-GENIUS). He is also a Research Scientist at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, an Associate Director of the Center for Bioengineering and Biotechnology, and a Thematic Lead of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology.

Prof. Yu has long-standing research interests in ultrasound imaging and therapeutics. He started his academic career at the University of Hong Kong, and he relocated his research group to Waterloo in 2015. His research is recognized by various prestigious honors and prizes, including NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, IEEE Ultrasonics Early Career Investigator Award, ISTU Frederic Lizzi Award, and Ontario Early Researcher Award.

Prof. Yu is a Fellow of AIUM and EIC. He is now the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, the Program Chair of 2023 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, and the Secretary of AIUM Basic Science & Instrumentation Community. He has previously chaired the IUS Medical Ultrasound Group and the ISTU Education Committee, and has served on the board of major ultrasound professional societies (IEEE UFFC, ISTU). He was also an Associate Editor of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.

Research Interests

  • Ultrasound imaging: Advanced imaging algorithms; High-performance beamforming platforms; Flow phantom design
  • Therapeutic ultrasound: Cellular dynamics studies; Wave-matter interactions; Nanotechnology


  • 2007, PhD in Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto
  • 2004, MASc in Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto
  • 2002, BSc (Distinction) in Electrical Engineering, University of Calgary


  • NSERC Steacie Memorial Fellow
  • EIC Fellow
  • AIUM Fellow
  • ISTU Frederic Lizzi Award
  • IEEE Ultrasonics Early Career Investigator Award
  • Ontario Early Researcher Award
  • UW Outstanding Performance Award (received twice)
  • UW Engineering Research Excellence Award


  • BME 487 - Special Topics in Biomedical Signals
    • Taught in 2019, 2020
  • ECE 601 - Foundations of Biology in Engineering
    • Taught in 2019, 2020
  • ECE 607 - Fundamentals of Ultrasonics
    • Taught in 2020, 2021
  • ECE 700 - Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Taught in 2019

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