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Department of Mathematics

Purdue University

150 North University Street

West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA


Special Session on Inverse Scattering Problems, International Conference on Inverse Problems, Imaging, and Applications, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, August 6-9, 2015.

Minisymposium on Inverse Problems for Wave Propagation, the 8th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Beijing, China, August 10-14, 2015.

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.


  • The Calderon Prize, 2015.
  • Plenary Speaker, Applied Inverse Problems Conference, 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 -