Alumna wins top award for young scientists in China

Posted: January 24, 2014 9:45 a.m.

Former U of R student Yongping Li earned her master's and Phd in Environmental Systems Engineering at the University of Regina.
Former U of R student Yongping Li earned her master's and Phd in Environmental Systems Engineering at the University of Regina. Photo courtesy of Yongping Li.

Last December, University of Regina alumna Yongping Li was one of 99 scientists to receive the 13th National Award for Youth in Science and Technology at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. It is the top award presented by government for young Chinese scientists and engineers.

Li started her graduate studies in Environmental Systems Engineering in January 2003, and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in 2004 and 2007. At convocation she received the University’s highest graduate student award, the President's Distinguished Graduate Student Award. At the same time she was recognized in her own country, receiving the Chinese Outstanding Student Abroad Award in Canada.

After returning to China, Li began her career as a professor at Peking University. She is now associate dean of the Energy and Environmental Research Academy at North China Electrical Power University. She has led research on risk analysis and management of energy and environment systems and has contributed over 160 journal publications. Li is also the recipient of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, Outstanding Young Scientist of International Society for Environmental Information Sciences, and the Natural Science Award of the Ministry of Education. She also serves as the president for an international society's branch and provides expertise to the United Nation Development Program. Li is an associate editor of the Journal of Environmental Informatics, a member of six international journal editorial boards and is guest editor of five journals.

“Yongping continues to excel in research innovation after her graduation from the University of Regina,” said Gordon Huang, Canada Research Chair in Energy and Environment, and the faculty member who supervised Li’s two degrees.

“Her achievements of over 160 journal publications set a record for young PhD graduates. She deserves this award and will make more glory for the University in the future,” he added.