Dr. Li serves as the Associate Director of NASA Autonomy Research Center for STEAHM (ARCS), Co-Director of DOE Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) at UC Irvine and CSUN (SMART IAC), Director of Laboratory for Sustainable and Additive Manufacturing. Dr. Li is also the Affiliate Faculty at the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation.
Dr. Li conducts research in Additive Manufacturing (Metal AM, 3D Bioprinting, Design for AM), AI-powered Design and Manufacturing (Smart Connected Worker, Digital Twins, XR for Manufacturing, Knowledge Graph-based AI Agent), and Sustainable Manufacturing (Sustainability Analysis, Energy Efficiency, Life Cycle Assessment, Remanufacturing, Recycling), mainly funded by NASA, DOD, DOE, NSF, CEC and industrial partners.
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), and 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