Members of the Group


Associate Professor

Chen Li


Email address: Office: Bourns Halls A321

Dr. Li joined the Department Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering Program at University of California, Riverside in July 2016. 

Prior to joining UCR, Dr. Li worked as a research scientist for EFree (Energy Frontier Research in Extreme Environment Center), a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) centered at Geophysical Laboratory of Carnegie Institute of Washington and a joint faculty at Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world for scientific research, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Dr. Li obtained B.Sc. in Physics from Department of PhysicsPeking University and Ph.D in Materials Science from Department of Applied Physics and Materials ScienceCalifornia Institute of Technology. After graduation, he worked as a postdoc for Scattering and Thermophysics GroupMaterials Science and Technology Division, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

PhD Students

Qiyang Sun


ME PhD Candidate

B.Sc. Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Songrui Hou

MSE PhD Candidate

B. Sc. Renmin University

Yaokun Su

MSE PhD Candidate

B.Sc. University of Science and Technology of China

Yoel Lencina Wendt

Physics PhD Candidate

B.Sc. Cal State Northridge 

Zhehao Li

MSE PhD Candidate


Dan Wang

ME PhD Candidate

M.Sc. UC Irvine

Hamid Rostami

ME PhD Candidate

M.Eng. University of Tehran

Postdoc/Research Staff

Visiting Scholars

Alumni/Former Group Members

Dr. Yuemei Zhang

PhD in Chemistry, North Carolina State University

Currently a faculty at Warren Wilson College

Dr. Bin Wei

PhD in Mechanics,  Beijing Institute of Technology

Currently a faculty at Henan Polytechnic University, PRC

Dr. Qingan Cai 

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, 2022

B.Sc. Huazhong University of Science and Technology 

Currently a Product Engineer at

Dr. Shuonan Chen

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, 2022

B.Sc. Harbin Institute of Technology

Currently a senior NPI Engineer at Lumentum Operations LLC

Weiyi Zhang

Master of Enigineering, Mechanical Engineering