Li chosen for NAE U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium

By Erik Gomez, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture intern

Qizhen-LiPULLMAN, Wash. – Qizhen Li, an associate professor at Washington State University, is among 83 young engineers invited to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium this September.

“The symposium gives our nation’s brightest younger engineers the opportunity to engage, collaborate and develop long-term relationships that are critical to advancing our nation’s future,” said NAE President C.D. Monte, Jr.

Li’s research group studies the synthesis, microstructure and properties of lightweight materials and is funded by several agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy and National Science Foundation. One of her projects is on porous magnesium, which has excellent energy absorption, biocompatibility and biodegradability. It has applications in automobiles, aerospace and aeronautics, biomedical components and energy storage.

Li, who is in WSU’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has received multiple awards such as an NSF CAREER Award, TMS/Japan Institute of Metals and Materials Award and Nevada Regents’ Rising Researcher Award.

“This symposium will allow me to interact with other peer scientists and engineers from industry, universities and national labs and establish possible interdisciplinary collaboration and learn their cutting-edge research,” said Li. “This experience will greatly benefit my research and career.”

The NAE, founded in 1964, is part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. It is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation.


Qizhen Li, WSU School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, 509-335-7437,
Tina Hilding, WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, 509-335-5095,