Hong-Nan Li, Ph.D., P.Eng, F.ASCE, dean of the faculty of infrastructure engineering at Dalian University of Technology, in Liaoning, China, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Li’s research work focuses mainly on the seismic design, vibration control, and health monitoring of civil structures. His proposed mathematical model of rotational components of earthquakes by introducing seismic wave dispersion was verified through the artificial ground motion experiment. Among other accomplishments, he has established the restoring force model and macroscopic finite element unit of reinforced concrete columns, general shear wall, and steel braced shear wall; derived simplified elastic-plastic time history and response spectra analysis method for spatial structures subjected to multidimensional earthquakes; and presented the model of transmission tower coupled with arbitrary-story cables, and corresponding analysis method for the system subjected to multiple earthquakes. He also developed structural health monitoring technologies based on smart materials such as fiber Bragg grating and piezoelectric ceramics.
He has undertaken more than 30 national research projects in China as principal investigator, working closely with the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and other entities, and is also PI of the International Cooperation Key Project of NSFC, which advances research on the damage mechanism and vibration control of concrete structures, and had the cooperation of Prof. Satish Nagarajaiah of Rice University (U.S.). His approaches and techniques have been applied to more than 60 practical projects, including a large cable-stayed bridge on the Yellow River, Ocean Platform NB35-2, and the Dalian World Trade Center.
Li has published more than 400 journal papers. He is editor in chief of Structural Monitoring and Maintenance and associate editor of ASCE’s Journal of Aerospace Engineering. He also frequently serves as lead guest editor. He was awarded the Outstanding Technical Contribution Award by the ASCE Aerospace Division (2014), the National Technology Invention Award (2015), the National Science and Technology Progress Award (2010, 2007), and six Provincial Science and Technology Progress Awards.
He performed postdoctoral research at DUT from 1990 to 1992, and at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from 1992 to 1994. He was honored as a Specially Appointed Professor in the Cheung Kong Scholars Program by China’s Ministry of Education, and as one of the Distinguished Young Scholars by NSFC, to name but a few honors. He is the former vice chairman of the Dynamics and Control Committee and former vice chairman of the Advanced Materials and Structures Committee, both of ASCE’s Aerospace Division.
Li earned his B.S. in civil engineering from Shenyang Jianzhu University in 1982, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in earthquake engineering from the Institute of Engineering Mechanics and the China Seismological Bureau in 1987 and 1990, respectively.