Dr. Li serves as the Assistant Director of DOE Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) at UC Irvine and CSUN (Satellite), Director of Laboratory for Sustainable and Additive Manufacturing. Dr. Li is also the Affiliate Faculty at Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation.
Dr. Li conducts research in Additive Manufacturing (3D Bioprinting, Metal 3D Printing, Design for Additive Manufacturing), Autonomous Design and Manufacturing (Smart Connected Worker, Digital Twins, AR/VR for Manufacturing, AI-assisted Knowledge Graph Design, AI-powered Manufacturing Monitoring and Prediction, Space Farming, Assistive Technology), and Sustainable Manufacturing (Sustainability Analysis, Energy Efficiency, Life Cycle Assessment, Remanufacturing). He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Manufacturing Systems Engineering program.
Dr. Li is one of the Faculty Mentors of the NASA funded Autonomy Research Center for STEAHM (ARCS), NIH funded Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Promoting Opportunities for Diversity in Education and Research (PODER), USDE funded HSI-STEM/ AIMS2 (Attract, Inspire, Mentor and Support Students). He is the Faculty Advisor of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Student Chapter S327, and CSUN Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA).
Dr. Li is the member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
Ph.D. Industrial Engineering 2012, Texas Tech University