Professor Lin Li

Associate Dean for Business Engagement and Development

Professor Lin Li, Associate Dean (Business Engagement and Development) for the Faculty of Science and Engineering at The University of Manchester, is an elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), International Academy of Photonics and Laser Engineering (IAPLE), Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), and Laser Institute of America (LIA).  He obtained a BSc degree in Control Engineering from Dalian University of Technology in 1982 and a PhD degree in Laser Engineering from Imperial College, London in 1989.  He worked at the University of Liverpool during 1988-1994 as a postdoctoral Research Associate in high power laser engineering.  He started his academic career (Lecturer) at UMIST (University of Manchester Science and Technology) in 1994 and was promoted to a full professor in 2000.  He set-up the first high power laser processing research laboratory at UMIST and founded the Laser Processing Research Centre in 2000 as its Director since then.  He served as Director of Research and Deputy Head of School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering during 2009-2013, and Head of Manufacturing Research Group during 2004-2014.  He has over 600 publications in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings and 47 patents related to laser processing and photonic engineering. 

Externally, he serves on the editorial boards of 11 international journals and is President-elect of Laser Institute of America (2015), President of International Academy of Photonics and Laser Engineering (IAPLE, 2013-2015), and Vice President of Association of Laser Users (AILU – 2015-2016). He has been the chairman of the 36th, 37th and 38th MATADOR international conferences on advanced manufacturing.

Professor Li received the Arthur Charles Main Award from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in 2001 for work in laser based nuclear decommissioning technology. He received the prestigious Sir Frank Whittle Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2013 for his outstanding and sustained achievements in engineering innovations in manufacturing that have led to wide commercial applications. In 2014 he received the Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society for his research on laser nano-fabrication and nano-imaging, and received the Distinguished Achievement Medal as the Researcher of the Year medal in Science and Engineering at The University of Manchester in 2014. 

Professor Li is an inventor of microsphere super-resolution optical nanoscopy at 50 nm resolution with white, published in Nature Communications in 2011 and reported worldwide, including  by the BBC and New York Times. 

Contact details

Professor Lin Li, FREng
Director of Laser Processing Research Centre
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
H11, Pariser Building
The University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL

Tel: +44(0)161306 3816
Email: lin.li@manchester.ac.uk

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