Texas Tech University

Engineering Professor Named a 2018 Outstanding Young Engineer

Amanda Bowman

July 5, 2018

Changzhi Li was honored by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society.

Changzhi Li
Changzhi Li

Changzhi Li, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering in Texas Tech University's Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, was named a 2018 Outstanding Young Engineer by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S).

“It's an honor to win this award,” Li said. “MTT-S is one of the largest societies under IEEE, which is the world's largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology. It's an award to remind me I did something in the past. I think there's a long path ahead of me and a lot of things to do in the future.”

Al Sacco Jr., dean of the College of Engineering, is proud of Li's recognition and its reflections on Li as a faculty member and the quality work he produces at Texas Tech.

“Changzhi is yet another example of the outstanding faculty here at Texas Tech, impacting our world through their scientific inquiry and discovery,” Sacco said. “Changzhi is well deserving of this award, and we in the Whitacre College of Engineering could not be more proud of him.”

In order to be considered for the award, a member must be nominated by an expert in the field as well as five supporters who write reference letters.

“I was nominated by Roberto Gómez-García, an associate professor with the University of Alcalá, who won the same award himself in 2016,” Li said. “MTT-S wants you to have expert support from different, worldwide locations covering different sub-areas under microwave.”

According to the MTT-S website, the Outstanding Young Engineer award recognizes a young MTT-S member who has distinguished him or herself through achievement(s), which may be technical within the MTT-S field of interest, may be exemplary service to the MTT-S or a combination of both.

“In my nomination, Roberto cited me for several things,” Li said. “I have more than 200 publications, a lot of which were published under the journals or conferences of MTT-S. I also served as an associate editor for one of the journals sponsored by MTT-S, co-chaired the technical program of the 2018 International Microwave Biomedical Conference and served as chairman of an educational subcommittee for graduate fellowship awards.”

For being named an Outstanding Young Engineer, Li received a plaque and a $1,500 honorarium from MTT-S. He also was recognized on June 13 at an awards banquet during the International Microwave Symposium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

About the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Microwave Theory and Techniques Society

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) is a transnational society with more than 10,500 members and 190 chapters worldwide. The society promotes the advancement of microwave theory and its applications, including radio frequency, microwave, millimeter-wave and terahertz technologies.

For more information, visit the MTT-S website.