Dr. Lin Li is the Interim Dean of College of Engineering, Professor of Civil Engineering, Professional Engineer, and Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He has secured more than $3,000,000 in research grants from NSF, DOE, and other funding agencies since joining Tennessee State University in 2018. His research interests include bio-inspired infrastructure materials and geoenvironmental engineering.  Dr. Li is the Principal Investigator of an active $300,000 Department of Urban and Housing Development (HUD) project titled “Development of Rechargeable Cement-based Battery to Store Energy in Building Structure.” “As one of the most used building materials in the world, concrete can make a significant impact on the zero-carbon building. When the concrete works as a means for power storage, it can form the building blocks of entire structures to store energy harvested by renewables, such as solar cells.”  This project would be the first of its kind that uses a systematic and comprehensive approach to develop rechargeable cement-based batteries. Besides his material research, Dr. Li is also interested in engineering education. He has served as PI of three NSF education grants with the promise of increasing the number of academically talented, economically disadvantaged, and historically underrepresented transfer students enrolling in and graduating with a BS degree in Engineering and Computer Science at TSU.


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