Ying Li

Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2015
  • M.S., Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, 2008

Research Focus

  • Multiscale modeling
  • Computational material design
  • Mechanics and physics of soft matter
  • Design of mechanical metamaterials
  • Targeted drug delivery


  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2021
  • Air Force Young Investigator, 2020
  • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, 2020
  • Best Paper award from ASME Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology, 2015
  • International Institute for Nanotechnology Outstanding Researcher Award,2014
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad, 2012
  • Ryan Fellowship,2011


Tang, Shan, Ying Li, Hai Qiu, Hang Yang, Sourav Saha, Satyajit Mojumder, Wing Kam Liu, and Xu Guo. “MAP123-EP: A mechanistic-based data-driven approach for numerical elastoplastic analysis.” Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 364 (2020): 112955.

Deng, Lijun, Ling Wan, Nian Zhou, Shan Tang, and Ying Li. “Anisotropy diffusion of water nanodroplets on phosphorene: Effects of pre-compressive deformation and temperature.” Computational Materials Science 178 (2020): 109623.

Zhou, Nian, Khalil I. Elkhodary, Xiaoxu Huang, Shan Tang, and Ying Li. “Dislocation structure and dynamics govern pop-in modes of nanoindentation on single-crystal metals.” Philosophical Magazine (2020): 1-22.

Ye, Huilin, Zhiqiang Shen, and Ying Li. Multiscale Modeling of Vascular Dynamics of Microand Nano-particles: Application to Drug Delivery System. Morgan & Claypool Publishers, 2020.

Chen, Guang, Zhiqiang Shen, Akshay Iyer, Umar Farooq Ghumman, Shan Tang, Jinbo Bi, Wei Chen, and Ying Li. “Machine-Learning-Assisted De Novo Design of Organic Molecules and Polymers: Opportunities and Challenges.” Polymers 12, no. 1 (2020): 163.

Ying Li
Contact Information
Mailing Address191 Auditorium Road, Unit 3139, Storrs, CT 06269-3139
Office LocationUTEB