Skip to main content

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Rensselaer Professor Emily Liu Receives ELATE at Drexel Fellowship

Li (Emily) Liu

May 29, 2018

Rensselaer Professor Emily Liu Receives ELATE at Drexel Fellowship

National leadership program provides professional development for women in STEM fields

Li (Emily) Liu, associate professor of nuclear engineering and engineering physics in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named a fellow of the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering program—ELATE at Drexel—a professional development program for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

ELATE at Drexel aims to increase and sustain the number and impact of academic leaders in STEM fields through a one-year fellowship that provides executive education, leadership coaching, and networking and mentoring activities.

The 2018-19 class of fellows includes 18 women faculty from 16 different institutions across the United States and Canada. They are leaders in biotechnology, chemistry, engineering, and health science. Liu is the first professor from Rensselaer to take part in the program, which was created in 2012.

A physicist and nuclear engineer, Liu focuses her research on solving high-impact problems associated with energy and the environment through fundamental investigation into the structure-function relationship of materials. For this purpose she is developing a variety of analytical, experimental, and computational tools based on neutron, X-ray, and light scattering, as well as condensed matter theories.

“My research targets a fundamental problem: How do we link nanoscale observations with macroscale phenomena,” said Liu. “In our lab, we utilize laws from physics combined with experiments and simulations to explore this question. The answers we find will be very beneficial for designing and modifying new nano- or macroscale materials, as well as biological or chemical functions.”

In 2017, Liu was awarded an Arab-American Frontiers Fellowship from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She is also the recipient of a Faculty Development Grant from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and numerous teaching and research awards, including the Class of 1951 Outstanding Teaching Award, the School of Engineering Teaching Award, the School of Engineering Research Excellence Award for a Junior Faculty Member, and the Cozzarelli Prize in Engineering and Applied Sciences from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Liu earned her bachelor’s degree at Peking University and her doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she received the Manson Benedict Fellowship, the highest honor for excellence in academic performance and professional promise in nuclear science and engineering.

Contact

Reeve Hamilton
Director of Media Relations and Communications

(518) 833-4277
hamilr5@rpi.edu

For general inquiries: newsmedia@rpi.edu

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America’s first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, 32 research centers, more than 145 academic programs, and a dynamic community made up of more than 7,900 students and more than 100,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include more than 145 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration.