Jiliang Li, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

Jilian Li


Jiliang Li teaches and researches discovery as a civil-geotechnical engineering faculty.

Research Overview

  • I4MI5: Integrated Instruction Improvement with Innovative Mnemonics, Intuition, Insight and Inspiration for Interdisciplinary Impact
  • NSF Award (#1919726) MRI: Acquisition of an Advanced Three-dimensional Flow Measurement System (as a Co-PI: $363,760.00.)
  • Development of a Wheel Loading Test Methodology Based on Terramecahnics and Soil Mechanics Theories.

I enjoy geotechnical construction photos and videos for enhancing geotechnical engineering courses instructions and geotechnical educational research.


Li, J. (2019), “Strip Loading Test Theory and Equipment Development” Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Volume 11, Issue 1, February 2019, Pages 61-71.

Kong, G. Sun, H. Liu, J. Li (2019) “Dynamic Response of Ballastless Track XCC Pile-raft Foundation under Train Axle Loads” ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation. https://doi.org/10.1520/JTE20180032.

Li J. and T. Leao (2018), “Application of Nor-Sand Constitutive Model in a Highway Fill Embankment Failure Study”, Civil Engineering Journal, Vol. 4, No. 10, Pages 2252-2263

Teaching Focus

Li’s key teaching focuses are on geotechnical engineering encompassing design of earth structures and foundation engineering based on the fundamental courses of soil mechanics and engineering and engineering rock mechanics.

Previous Roles

Li is a founding faculty member of the PNW Westville Civil Engineering program and helped successfully pass the first ABET accreditation as a new program at the PNW Westville campus.

Why I became an engineer…

For many people and in particular those engineers, engineering is considered a noble profession, “a profession in which the knowledge of mathematical, natural and social sciences gained by study, experience and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize the materials and forces of nature, economically, for the benefits of mankind” — and I am proud that I have promoted via teaching and personally worked on projects, such as on one of the world’s largest advanced wastewater treatment plants that will help make the lives of millions people better in deep and meaningful ways in the years to come. Engineers, especially civil and geotechnical engineers, aren’t just game changers. They are world changers. If interested, please watch and learn more about what civil and geotechnical engineers do.

What engineers can do to make a difference…

Engineers and in particular civil and geotechnical engineers can do so many nameless and yet extremely important things to make historical differences to our local, global and interstellar daily life, our society, human mankind’s civilization overall. For example, the clothes we wear, the food we eat, stable, safe, quiet and comfortable building structures we humans live and work in, the beautiful places that vehicles take us to, on the road, in the air and over the waters are all designed, built and made possible by engineers. The fresh air we breathe, clean water we drink, delicious food we eat and all the comfortable and remarkable things we humans take for granted are actually all engineered, treated, designed and made possible by engineers in our modern and future societies. Without engineers, think about our daily life, it would have returned to a primitive society and life. I believe that all our human life and civilizations are and will all be practically dependent on, and designed, built and engineered by engineers.

Jilian Li


(219) 785-5216


Office Location:

Westville Campus, TECH 080


  • Ph.D. – Civil Engineering, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Areas of Expertise

  • Geotechnical Engineering Soil and Rock Mechanics
  • Design of Earth Structures Foundation Engineering
  • Engineering Geology Geotechnics and Geomechanics

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) , State of Ohio, P.E. Since 2008
  • Reviewer of Journal of Geological Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering Editorial Board Member
  • Reviewer of International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering Journal

Curriculum Vitae