Carnegie Mellon University

Phillip  Yu

Phillip Yu

Executive Director of Master's Programs, Engineering and Public Policy
Associate Teaching Professor, Engineering and Public Policy

  • Hamburg Hall A206
  • 412-268-8370
5000 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Phillip Yu is the Executive Director and Associate Teaching Professor for the Master’s Engineering and Public Policy Programs.  Phil was formerly employed at PPG Industries Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA.) where he served in multiple roles over his 30 year career.  As Director for Corporate Science and Technology Initiatives and Operations, he was responsible for managing innovation, technology strategy, new product development, external partnerships, securing government funding, leading the global analytical labs, and workforce development.  His teams' achievements have included impactful new product sales, grants from government agencies, and a variety of cost savings initiatives.   Over the span of his career his teams commercialized optical switching devices for eyewear, Trivex® lens material, select HiGard® optical coatings, OLED emitting materials, and energy management coatings.  He is named in 8 patents and has authored 10 professional publications.  Contributions have also included strategic roadmapping, technology scouting methodologies, sustainable external funding strategies, a scalable digital strategy for the R&D function, unification of the global analytical labs, establishing university partnerships, open innovation strategies, and procurement approaches for raw material cost savings.

Phillip served on industrial advisory boards for universities to assist in presenting macro-trends' challenges and opportunities to faculty and staff.  He had also participated on various panels for the Department of Energy (DoE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) and national labs, reviewing how new material technologies can address energy challenges for the nation.  Finally, he has been a peer reviewer for the DoE EERE Building Technologies Office and the National Science Foundation Accelerating Innovative Research Program with the goal to accelerate promising breakthrough technologies to commercialization.

Ph.D., Solid State Chemistry, Tufts University
B.S., Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley