Dr. Mengxue Li is Research Associate Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences (GEOG), Principal Dean for International Affairs of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS), and Director of BSOS’s Office of International and Executive Programs (OIEP). Dr Li’s current research focuses on data policy and international collaboration in earth observation. He is a member of the GEOG’s Research Faculty Committee and Research Advisory Committee.
Dr. Li holds a BS (1987) and MS (1990) in Geomechanics and a PhD (2009) in Management Sciences and Engineering. He is an Invited Research Professor at the following institutions located in the People’s Republic of China (PRC): the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS).
Currently, Dr. Li serves as Executive Director of the Joint Center on Global Change and Earth System Science of the University of Maryland and Beijing Normal University. Formerly, he was a consultative expert to the China Group on Earth Observation (GEO) Secretariat of the National Remote Sensing Center, Chinese Ministry of Sciences and Technology (PRC).
Dr. Li has been a prominent researcher in the area of earth sciences and is a leading scholar of education, science and technology in China. In 2004, he was selected to work as Secretary-General of the Inter-Ministerial Coordination Committee in China, which included the ministries of sciences and technology, foreign affairs, education and approximately a dozen others. In 2008, he was named Principle Investigator and chief manager of the Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization, an international governmental organization for space sciences and technology applications research. In addition to authoring articles and book chapters, Dr. Li has edited a number of books in both Chinese and English.
Areas of Interest
- Data Policy and Government Policy
- Land cover and land use/change
- International S & T Cooperation in Earth Observation Area
Ph.DManagement Sciences and Engineering