Max Z. Li

Assistant Professor


3029 François-Xavier Bagnoud Aerospace Building
1320 Beal Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2140

Additional Title(s)

Assistant Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (starting August 2023)

Primary Website


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD, Aerospace Engineering, 2021

University of Pennsylvania
MSE, Systems Engineering, 2018
BSE, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, 2018


AEROSP 350 – Fundamentals of Aerospace Computing

AEROSP 740 – Air Transportation Systems

Research Interests

Professional Service


Max is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering (starting August 2022) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a 0% appointment in Industrial and Operations Engineering. Max received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2021. He earned his MSE in Systems Engineering and BSE in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, both from the University of Pennsylvania, in 2018. Broadly, he is interested in the analysis, control, and optimization of networks and networked processes, signal processing over irregular domains and manifolds, and geometric/topological data analysis, with an eye towards applications in air transportation systems and other societal-scale networks. Max is the recipient of the Federal Aviation Administration RAISE Award (2018), a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2018), and the Wellington and Irene Loh Fellowship from MIT (2019), as well as several best paper awards from ICRAT and the ATM R&D Seminar, two joint FAA-Eurocontrol conferences.