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Max Z. Li

Assistant Professor


3029 François-Xavier Bagnoud Aerospace Building


Personal Pronouns


Additional Title(s)

  • Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering
  • Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Max is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also has courtesy appointments in Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as Industrial and Operations Engineering. Max received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2021. He earned his MSE in Systems Engineering and BSE in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, both from the University of Pennsylvania, in 2018.


  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2021, Aerospace Engineering
  • MSE, University of Pennsylvania, 2018, Systems Engineering
  • BSE, University of Pennsylvania, 2018, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics

Research Interests

Max’s research and teaching interests include air transportation systems, airport and airline operations, Advanced Air Mobility, networked systems, as well as optimization and control.

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Professional Service

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS)
  • Transportation Research Board (TRB)


  • Best Paper Award (System Performance), ICRAT 2020
  • Aviation Applications Section Best Presentation, 2020 INFORMS Annual Meeting
  • Best Paper Award (Performance Analysis and Metrics), ATM R&D Seminar 2019
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2018
  • Federal Aviation Administration RAISE Award, 2018


Find Max’s publications here