Dr Larry Li received his BASc and MASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (Canada) as a Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council Scholar in the Applied Fluid Mechanics Laboratory. He then went on to study for a PhD at the University of Cambridge (UK) as a Bill & Melinda Gates Scholar in the Injector Dynamics Group. After graduating, he stayed on at Cambridge as a Research Associate before joining HKUST in 2014 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Dr Li’s research focuses on fluid mechanics, thermoacoustics and nonlinear dynamics, with applications ranging from aircraft propulsion to spray painting. He has conducted experiments on a broad range of thermofluid phenomena, including absolute-convective instability in open shear flows, non-Newtonian atomization in crossflows, and passive/active control of thermoacoustic modes. His industrial experience includes time spent at Rolls-Royce (UK), LB Foster (Canada) and Coanda Research & Development (Canada).

Teaching Activities

  • MECH-3640 Aerodynamics
  • MECH-4100 Experiential Projects in Aerospace Engineering
  • MECH-5960 Flow Instability

Research Interests

  • Fluid mechanics
  • Thermoacoustics
  • Nonlinear dynamics

Research Opportunities

PhD Positions in Fluid Mechanics + Combustion Dynamics
Postdoc Positions (Please Enquire)


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