Professor of Computational Aerothermal Engineering

Professorial Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall

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Professor Li He has been the head of the Oxford Thermofluids Institute (2008-2011) and the acting director of Rolls-Royce University Technology Center in Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics (2008-2010). He is the Oxford Co-director of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics, jointly established with Cambridge and Loughborough universities.

Li received BSc (1982) and MSc (1984) at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Ph.D degree (1990) at Cambridge University. After his doctorate study, he worked initially as a research associate at Whittle Laboratory and later as the Rolls-Royce Senior Research Fellow with the Girton College at Cambridge. He joined in Durham University as a lecturer in 1993 to start the MEng computational fluid dynamics course there, was promoted to a Reader in Engineering in 1998, and appointed in 2000 to the Chair of Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, the post he had held before taking up the RR/RAE Chair at Oxford from January 2008. While at Durham, he had been the Head of Thermo-fluids and the School of Engineering Director of Research.

Li's main research interest has been in Computational Fluid Dynamics with emphasis on unsteady aerodynamic/aero-elastic and heat transfer phenomena in turbomachinery. He is also involved with experimental work for validating novel advanced computational methods/modelling and understanding complex flow physics and modelling requirements. He has directed research projects in unsteady flows and aeroelasticity and consulted for several major gas turbine/aeroengine and steam turbine companies in Europe, US and Asia.

He has been a review organiser and committee member for several international conferences. External editorial services include:

He is Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).


At Oxford, Li currently lectures on Fluid Mechanics (Y2), Heat and Mass Transfer (Y2), Aircraft Flight and Propulsion (Y4) and teaches Computational Fluid Dynamics course module (Y2). He has taught several M.Eng courses in Durham University in the thermo-fluids areas, including Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Turbomachinery and Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Research Interests

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Aerodynamic/Aero-elastic phenomena
  • Validation Methods
  • Unsteady Flows