Peiwen “Perry” Li, an expert in thermal science, energy and power engineering, was appointed head of the UA Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in August 2018.
Li, who has been a UA faculty member since 2006, said he’s ready for the responsibility.
“The college is delighted that Perry has been selected to serve as the department head for aerospace and mechanical engineering,” said Larry Head, interim dean of the College of Engineering. “Perry has a strong research program and will lead the development of one of the college’s largest programs into the future.”
Li says he wants to continue to give AME students a strong foundation in fundamental disciplines so they can tackle challenges in different fields throughout their careers. But he’s also looking forward to further developing opportunities for students to apply their research and work in areas like smart materials and artificial intelligence.
“We want AME to be attractive to good students, and that relies on having challenging research that will give students something interesting to work on,” he said.