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Engineering’s Deyu Li named ASME Fellow

Deyu Li, professor of mechanical engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a distinction awarded to ASME members who have made significant engineering achievements.

Deyu Li

Li has made significant contributions in nanoscale energy transport as well as microfluidics and nanofluidics.  He is internationally recognized for his pioneering work in thermal transport through individual nanostructures and their contacts, which has important implications in microelectronics cooling and nanocomposites.

Li’s work on the thermal conductivity of individual silicon nanowires, published in Applied Physics Letters in 2003, has been widely recognized as a classical paper in nanoscale thermal transport.

In addition to a number of awards and honors, Li also is the recipient of a NSF Career Award and a 2013 recipient of a Vanderbilt University Chancellor’s Award for Research, given each year based on an outstanding paper of book. Li’s paper, published in Nature Nanotechnology, describes remarkable findings that upend the classical view of energy transport through solid interfaces, which is one of the important but extremely challenging topics in energy transport.

Li’s work could have significant impact in keeping the computer chips operating in a safe temperature range, and have extensive applications in aerospace, flexible electronics, and energy conversion.  He has authored or co-authored more than 120 technical papers that have been cited more than 8000 times, according to Google Scholar.

Li is an active and contributing member of ASME since 2004. He has been session chair, track chair and symposium organizer for numerous ASME conferences. He currently serves on the editorial board of Scientific Reports. He performs proposal reviews for a number of agencies, including the NSF, NIH, NASA, U.S. DOE and others.

Li earned a master’s degree in engineering mechanics from Tsinghua University, Beijing China, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Li joined the Vanderbilt Engineering School in 2004 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

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