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Engineering Professor Wins NSF CAREER Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2010) − A University of Kentucky electrical engineering assistant professor has received a $400,000 Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Jingshan Li received the five-year grant for his proposal to study robust production systems that can withstand variations in machines, human factors and products. 

The project could lead to helping boost productivity, product quality and production-process flexibility.  It could provide manufacturers with tools and principles for designing and operating highly efficient production systems.

"We are excited about this recognition of Dr. Li.  Dr. Li has already accomplished much in research and teaching in the areas of manufacturing and systems engineering. This award shows that the National Science Foundation has high expectations for Dr. Li for even greater leadership in the future," said Larry Holloway, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. 

Li is an assistant professor of electrical engineering in the Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing. He is the director of the Production and Service Systems Lab and director of the Health Care Systems Lab. He received his bachelor's degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 1989; his master's degree from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China in 1992; and his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 2000. From 2000 to 2006, Li worked in the Manufacturing Systems Research Lab, General Motors Research & Development Center in Warren, Mich.

Li joined the University of Kentucky in 2006. His research area is in systems and control with applications to production and health care systems.