Dr. Jun Li

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Office: Violette 219
Phone: 508-999-8692

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Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012
M.S. in Mathematics & Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, UIUC, 2009
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, 2005

Professional Experience
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2016-Present
Dassault Systemes Simulia Corp, QA Manager of ABAQUS Solver, 2015-2016
California Institute of Technology, Postdoctoral Scholar in Aerospace, 2012-2014

Research Interest
Composite materials, hierarchical materials and lightweight structures
Soft and multifunctional materials, flexible and deployable structures
Computational thermo-elasto-plasticity and fracture mechanics
Image-based (CT, MRI) multiscale modeling of biological materials
Reduced-order modeling and data-driven methods

Graduate Students

Rojin Ghandriz

I received my B.S. from the Shahid Beheshti University and M.S. with honors from the Sharif University, Iran both in Civil Engineering. I am currently a Ph.D. student in Engineering and Applied Science under supervision of Prof. Li. My research is on computational modeling of fracture behaviors of 3D printed polymers and process/topology optimization for maximizing their fracture resistance. Outside of research, I enjoy playing tennis and cooking.



Osama Aljarrah

I earned my B.S. in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology, and an MBA with honors from Yarmouk University, Jordan. I am currently a Ph.D. student in Engineering and Applied Science with a concentration in Industrial and Systems Engineering, co-advised by Prof. Li. My primary research interest is in the area of operations research, mathematical modeling, optimization, and machine learning. In Prof. Li’s group, my research focuses on building efficient and effective data-driven techniques for prediction and optimization of additive manufacturing processes. My favorite hobbies are playing with LEGOs and drawing.


Jie Hou

I am currently a M.S. student in Mechanical Engineering at UMass Dartmouth. I obtained my B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In Dr. Li’s research group, my research focuses on machine learning techniques to enable accurate and efficient predictions of finite-element analysis results. Outside of research, I love to meet new friends and travel.



Undergraduate Students


Phelan Mascitelli

I am progressing towards my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UMass Dartmouth. As a part of Dr. Li’s research group, I have been using 3D FEM simulations to perform electromechanical analysis of carbon nanotubes embedded in a representative volume element of epoxy matrix for strain and damage sensing applications. Outside of research, I like creative writing, hiking, and digital art.



Prosenjit Biswas (M.S. 2019; Now Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia)

Asia Haque (Now M.S. in Physics, UMass Dartmouth)

Garret Sampel (B.S. 2019; Now M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University)

Megan Scribner (B.S. 2019; Now M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Boston University)