Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Jeremy (Zheng) Li is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in School of Engineering at University of Bridgeport. He has research interests in the following areas:
- Biomedical instrument design and development
- Green/sustainable energy system design and development (solar and wind power)
- Robotic system research in medical / surgical procedures and industrial production
- High speed and automated machinery system design and development
- Automated manufacturing process control
- Precision and high speed mechanism design
- Computer-aided modeling and analysis in industrial product design
- Structure/stress analysis (FEA) to perform optimized product design
- Computer-aided design and analysis of HVAC systems
- Computer-aided design and simulation in fluid flow systems
Dr. Li has the extensive industrial, engineering and research experiences in US different industries before join UB as a full time faculty. He worked as a principal/senior engineer in different US industries including biomedical instrument and product, solar and wind power system, automated machinery, automation control in manufacturing, precision mechanism, HVAC system, US Air Force and Army contract. He had four patents while worked in different industries.
Dr. Li joined as a UB Adjunct Faculty in September, 1999 while he worked in different US industries. Since then, he taught many Mechanical Engineering courses in the University of Bridgeport including:
- Advanced Thermodynamics
- Advanced Fluid Dynamics
- Computer-aided Engineering Design
- Material Science and Applications
- Mechanism Design
- Computer-aided Manufacturing and NC Machining
- Advanced Computer-aided Manufacturing and Automation
- Manufacturing Strategy and Lean
- Production Technology and Technique
- Advanced Computer-aided Product Design
He has also advised and guided about 180 students in their Master degree thesis / project within these years
Dr. Li has numerous journal and conference papers published in the past. After join UB as a full time faculty in September, 2007, he added three chapters for three different books, 12 journal papers and 20 conference papers through his multiple research activities. He has been invited as the key speaker at two international conferences, four times as the conference session chairs. He also reviewed more than 50 journal and conference papers. He has been invited to be the panelist for NSF GRFP grant review. He is the editorial board members for six different international and US technical journals. Currently, Dr. Li is working with NASA on granted research project of NASA eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) system.
Dr. Li received his BS and MS degrees in Power and Energy Engineering,and Ph.D. degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing.
Here are some research projects that Dr. Li involved as a lead researcher in recent several years:
1.Research in Biomedical Engineering:
Endoscopic instrument in medical treatment - this biomedical instrument is used to assist doctors to perform the endoscopic examination for patients with minimal bodily disruption and less tissue trauma. The prototype of this biomedical instrument has currently been sent to the clinic field for physician’s further evaluation.
2.Research in robotic system development:
- Robotic system for remote surgical procedure– this surgical robot can be applied to assist surgeon in many different surgical procedures including gall bladder surgery.The patients can be loaded into a vehicle by robotic surgical equipment and surgery can be performed by a surgeon remotely at a nearby mobile advanced surgical hospital. Currently this new robotic system is in the prototyping and testing process.
- Robotic system for automated manufacturing –this robot system has a multi-linked manipulating arm and end effecter mechanism. It can be applied to the industrial packaging, welding, and many other manufacturing processes. It iscurrently in the prototyping and testing process.
3.Research in green and sustainable energy system:
Solar panel energy system – this solar panel energy system, applied in the generation of electricity, improves the production of a photovoltaic system by up to 35% with high performance. The tracking system in this solar system can be controlled to reverse the functional movement of solar panel system during the day to minimize the shadowing period. Currently the prototype is in testing process.
4.Computer-aided 3-D modeling and structure / stress (FEA) analysis:
- Wind turbine system – 3-D modeling and structure / stress (FEA) analysis in wind turbine system to perform the design optimization.
- Solar energy system – 3-D modeling and structure / stress (FEA) analysis in solar energy system to assist the optimized solar product design..