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Suyi Li

Associate Professor
  • Thrust Area Specialty: Robotics, Autonomous, and Dynamical Systems
Suyi Li
153 Durham Hall (0710)
1145 Perry Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Suyi Li established a research program on Origami-inspired meta-structures and robotics at Clemson University before coming to Virginia Tech.  He has secured nearly two million dollars in research funding, and has been the recipient of the prestigious NSF CAREER award.  He is also the recipient of the ASME Freudenstein Young Investigator Award, ASME Gary Anderson Early Career Award, and CECAS Junior Researcher of the Year Award from Clemson.  His research has generated 70 journal and conference publications.

Dr. Li's publications can be viewed on Google Scholar.

  • 2022-present: Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2016-2022: Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University
  • 2014-2015: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2021: Gary Anderson Early Achievement Award, ASME Aerospace Division
  • 2020b: CECAS Junior Researcher of The Year, Clemson University
  • 2020a: Freudenstein Young Investigator Award, ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Committee
  • 2018c: CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
  • 2018b: CECAS Dean’s Faculty Fellow Award, Clemson University
  • 2018a: Eastman Award for Excellence, Clemson University
  • 2016: Best Paper Award (lead-author), ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Branch
  • 2013: Best Student Paper Award (co-author), the Bio-inspiration, Bio-mimetics, and Bio-replication Conference of SPIE Smart Structures/NDE.
  • 2009: Best Paper Award (co-author), ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Branch
  • 2014: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2008: M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  • 2006: B.S. Summa Cum Laude in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor