Before taking the current post at Bradford, Yakun was a Postdoctoral Associate at Dundee University and a Reader at Aberdeen University. He has twenty years experience in environmental hydraulics, numerical simulation of turbulent flows, flow-structure-interaction, marine renewable energy and coastal and estuary hydrodynamics and sediment transport. Yakun studied Hydraulic Engineering at Sichuan University, China, obtaining a BEng (first class Honours) in Hydrology and Water Resources (1983) and PhD in Hydraulics (1989). Yakun was an Associate Professor of Sichuan University prior to coming to UK. His research work is funded by the EPSRC, KTP, ETP (Energy Technology Partnership), NSFC (China). He has published over 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals (92) and international conferences, and received the 2006 ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering Best Technical Note Award. He has been a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College since 2006.