Jianzhi (James) Li
Associate Professor of Manufacturing Engineering
Department of Manufacturing Engineering
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Office phone (956) 665-7329
Cell phone (956) 279-0906

Fluency in language(s) other than English

  • Chinese


  • Sustainable product design and manufacturing; product design for the environment, mainly focused on new design methodologies to improve product reusability, recyclability, energy saving.
  • Advanced remanufacturing technologies, which allows reusable components and recoverable materials to reenter the supply chain for future reuse. Dr. Li’s focus in this area includes advanced technology for material recycling, surface cleaning and surface processing.
  • Reverse logistics - a supply chain that brings the end-of-life products back to the production system. Due to significant uncertainty involved in this return flow, it is important to develop stochastic based approaches for decision making in transportation scheduling, inventory and production planning and control.
  • Additive Manufacturing - new manufacturing method for 3D printing, rapid prototyping and surface repair.
  • Business and product innovation.
  • Applied operations research.

Curriculum Vitae site:


Dr. Jianzhi (James) Li received a B.S. degree in automobile engineering in 1992 and his M.S. degree in manufacturing engineering in 2000, both from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He received a Ph.D. degree in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, in 2003. He is an Associate Professor with the Department of Manufacturing Engineering at The University of Texas–Pan American. He has about eight years of industry experiences in the information technology and logistics field in China. His past research has focused on sustainable manufacturing technologies including remanufacturing, end-of-life management, reverse logistics, and decision-based green design. His current research topics also include additive manufacturing for rapid prototyping and 3D Printing, product and business innovation, and optimization of health care systems. He received grants from various sources including federal government agencies and industries. His previous work has been published in numerous articles in internally renowned journals. He also served as member of editor board for two international journals.

Recent publications:

  • Zhenhua Wu, Sheng-Jen Hsieh, Jianzhi Li "Sensor Deployment Based on Fuzzy Graph Considering Heterogeneity and Multiple-objectives to Diagnose Manufacturing System." Accepted 2012, Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Jianzhi Li, Hong-Chao Zhang, "Asymmetric Negotiation Based Collaborative Product Design for Component Reuse in Disparate Products." Computers & Industrial Engineering, 57 (2009) 80–90
  • Jianzhi Li, Miguel González, and Yun Zhu, "A Hybrid Simulation Optimization Method For Production Planning of Dedicated Remanufacturing." International Journal of Production Economics, 2009, Vol. 117, Issue 2, 286-301
  • David Wu, Jianzhi Li, Douglas Timmer, Karen Lozano, and Subhash Bose, "Study of Processing Variables on the Electrical Resistivity of Conductive Adhesives", International Journal of Adhesives and Adhesion, 29 (2009) 488–494.
  • Jianzhi Li, David Wu, Hong-Chao Zhang, "Application of Neural Network on Environmental Impact Assessment Tools." the inaugural issue of International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing, 2008, Vol. 1, 100–121
  • Jianzhi Li, Hong-Chao Zhang, Miguel Gonzalez, Steven Yu, "A Multi-Objective Fuzzy Graph Approach for Modular Formulation Considering End-Of-Life Issues." International Journal of Production Research, 2008, 46(14), 4011 – 4033.

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