Dian Yu is an interdisciplinary scholar who examines innovation, institutions, and nascent markets.
She is currently a postdoctoral research associate of REIS Lab (Research Lab on Entrepreneurial and Innovation Strategies), Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group. Her dissertation focuses on the institutional and innovation strategies that firms consider when governments regulate technology features in nascent markets (e.g., the drone industry).


  • PhD Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • MS Engineering and Technology Innovation Management, Carnegie Mellon University
  • MS Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • BS Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Awards & Recognition

  • NSF Science of Science – Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant

Selected Publication

  • Armanios, D. E., Lanahan, L., & Yu, D. (2020). Varieties of local government experimentation: US state-led technology-based economic development policies, 2000–2015. Academy of Management Discoveries, 6(2), 266-299.