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Yaoyu Li
Associate Professor-Mechanical Engineering
Office MailstopECSN, Room No.: 3.210 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-4698    Media Contact
Keywords Mechatronics and control systems; control, optimization, dynamic modeling and fault diagnosis for mechanical and electromechanical systems, with strong emphasis on energy systems; dynamic modeling and controls for building HVAC systems   
 Professional Preparation
 PhDMechanical EngineeringPurdue University2004
 MSAgricultural EngineeringUniversity of Saskatchewan1997
 BSMechatronicsTsinghua University1992
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Honors and Awards
  • 2007 Honda Initiation Grant Award for “Trip Based Optimal Power Management for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles” (among the seven winners among 300+ proposals)
  • 2009-2010 Top Ten Research Expenditure, College of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • 2008-2009 Top Ten Research Expenditure, College of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee 
  • Cummins Fellowship, Purdue University, Summer 2003
  • Donnan Fellowship, Purdue University, Summer 2002 
  • Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Saskatchwan, Saskatoon, Canada, Fall 1995 
  • Elite Scholarships, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 1988-1990 
  • Third Prize, National High-School Olympic Chemistry Competition, Beijing, China, 1987
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Yang, Z., Li, Y. and Seem, J.E. “Individual Pitch Control for Wind Turbine Load Reduction Including Wake Interaction,” to appear in Wind Engineering.
Li, X., Li, Y. and Seem, J.E. “Dynamic Modeling and Self-optimizing Operation of Chilled Water Systems Using Extremum Seeking Control,” accepted byEnergy and Buildings.
Peer reviewed
Ugle, R., Li, Y. and Dhingra, A. “Equalization Integrated Online Monitoring of Health Map and Worthiness of Replacement for Battery Packof Electric Vehicles,” Journal of Power Sources, Vol. 223, No. 1, February 2013, pp. 293-305.
Peer reviewed
Li, P., Li, Y. and Seem, J.E. “Consistent Initialization of System of Differential-Algebraic Equations for Dynamic Simulation of Centrifugal Chillers,” Journal of Building Performance Simulation., Vol. 5, No. 2, March 2012, 115-139
Peer reviewed
Li, X., Li, Y. and Seem, J.E. “Maximum Power Point Control of Photovoltaic System Using Adaptive Extremum Seeking Control,” to appear in IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, DOI:10.1109/TCST.2012.2223819
Peer reviewed
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2011-presentAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Mechanical Engineering University of Texas at Dallas
2010-2011Associate ProfessorDepartment of Mechanical Engineering University of Wisconsin
2009Consultant  Eaton Corporation Innovation Center
2006-presentConsultant  Johnson Controls, Inc.
2004-2010Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Mechanical Engineering University of Wisconsin
2003Graduate InstructorSchool of Mechanical Engineering Purdue University
1998-2004Graduate Research and Teaching AssistantSchool of Mechanical Engineering Purdue University
1996-1998Graduate Research AssistantDepartment of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Purdue University
1994-1996Graduate Research AssistantDepartment of Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering University of Saskatchewan
1992-1994Assistant Research Engineer  Committee of Science and Technology of Inner Mongolia
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Academic Service
  • Member of Undergraduate Program Curriculum Committee, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Dallas 
  • Chair, Graduate Program Committee, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (2009 ~ 2010) 
  • Publication Chair, 2010 IEEE/ASME Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM’10) 
  • Editorial Board for 2008 ASME 1st Dynamic System and Controls Conference Proceedings. 
  • Co-Chair of Industrial Process Control Panel in ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division, 2005~2007. 
  • Journal Reviewer: ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control; IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics; Control Engineering Practice; IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology; IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology; Journal of Process Control; Automatica; Transportation Research Board (TRB) Journal; Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing; IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics;

Professional Affiliations
  • Members of ASME, IEEE, SAE, ASHRAE and AIAA.

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