contact information

Department of Mathematics

Purdue University

150 North University Street

West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA


Minisymposium on Inverse Problems in Optics, the Applied Inverse Problems, Helsinki, Finland, May 25-29, 2015.

Special Session on Wave Propagation, International Conference on Applied Mathematics, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, December 1-5, 2014.

Workshop on Inverse Problems in Scattering and Imaging, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, April 12-13, 2013.

research interest

  • Acoustic, Elastic, and Electromagnetic Wave Propagation in Complex and Random Media
  • Direct and Inverse Scattering Problems in Optics and Electromagnetics
  • Inverse, Ill-posed, and Optimal Design Problems in Partial Differential Equations
  • Scientific Computing, Numerical Analysis, and Applied PDEs


  • Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, Michigan State University , 2005
  • M.S. Computational Mathematics,  Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2001
  • B.S. Computational Mathematics,  Wuhan University, 1998

professional experience

  • 08/2014 - 12/2014, Visiting Associate Professor, City University of Hong Kong.
  • 2013, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Purdue University, West Lafayette
  • 2008, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Purdue University, West Lafayette
  • 2005, Postdoc Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, DMS-1151308, "CAERRE: Direct and Inverse Scattering Problems for Wave Propagation in Complex and Random Environments", PI: Peijun Li, 2012-2017.
  • NSF Algorithms for Threat Dectional Program, DMS-1042958, "ATD: Collaborative Research: Multiscale and Stochastic Methods for Inverse Source Problems and Signal Analysis", PIs: Peijun Li, Yang Wang (Michigan State University), and Haomin Zhou (Georgia Insititute of Technology),  2010-2013,
  • IMA grant  for  "Midwest Numerical Analysis Day", PI: Jie Shen, Co-PIs: Peijun Li and Jialin Xia, 2011.
  • NSF Computational Mathematics Program, DMS-0914595, "Direct and Inverse Scattering Problems in Near-Field Optics Modeling", PI: Peijun Li, 2009-2012.
  • NSF Collaboration in Mathematical Geosciences Program, EAR-0724656, "CMG: Collaborative Research: Quantifying Tectonic and Geomorphic Interpretations of Thermochronmeter Data with Inverse Problem Theory", PI:Todd Ehlers (University of Michigan), Co-PI: Peijun Li, 2007-2010.


  • Plenary Speaker, Applied Inverse Problems Conferene, Helsinki, Finland, 2015.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, 2012
  • Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) International Travel Grant, Purdue University, 2009, 2012, 2015
  • NSF Highlight: Creating Better Near-Field Optical Devices, 2012
  • Department of Mathematics Spring/Summer Research Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2007
  • Paul and Wilma Endowment Award, Michigan State University, 2004.

editorial board

  • Associate Editor, Advances in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (AAMM), 2014 -