Dr Li received his B.Eng. degree in Structural Engineering from Tong Ji University, Shanghai, and his Ph.D. from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. After completing his Ph.D. in 1994, he worked for six years in the structural design of tall buildings in Hong Kong, mainland China and the Pacific region for large international engineering firms in Hong Kong. He has been on the faculty of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Nanyang Technological University since 1999.
Dr. Li has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the area of structural design, including courses on the behavior, design, and assessment of reinforced concrete structures.
Dr. Li has research interests primarily in the areas of seismic performance of reinforced concrete building structures. Most recently, Dr Li is actively working in the areas of anti-terrorist design and evaluation for government and commercial facilities, and research & development blast testing for explosive effects on conventional reinforced concrete structures and buildings made from precast concrete.
Dr Li has worked on a variety of consulting projects involving high-rise building structures, risk assessment and mitigation for hazards such as terrorist attacks and earthquakes to government agencies, building owners, corporations and international engineering firms in Singapore and Hong Kong. He was awarded the Defense Technology Prize 2006 by Ministry of Defense, Singapore. The Defense Technology Prize is MINDEF’s most prestigious award to recognize outstanding contributions in defense science and technology to enhance Singapore's defense capability.
Member of Professional Societies
- Chartered Engineer in United Kingdom, New Zealand
- Corporate Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers
- Corporate Member of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
- Corporate Member of the Institution of Professional Engineers, New Zealand
Professional Affiliations and Activities
- Associate Editor,ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering (since 2007)
- Editorial Board member of The STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING AND MECHANICS, An International Journal
Earthquake and Blast Resistant Design: Seismic and blast resistant design of reinforced concrete buildings and buildings incorporating precast concrete elements. Development blast testing for explosive effects on reinforced concrete structures.
Structural Concrete: Design and behavior of reinforced and precast concrete structures, reinforcement detailing and cyclic strut-and-tie models.
Structural Dynamics: Non-linear dynamic response of buildings subjected to blast and seismic loadings. Probabilistic performance assessment of reinforced concrete structures in blast environments.