Yalin Li

Yalin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rutgers University. Yalin received B. Eng. from Tongji University, M.S. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and Ph.D. from Colorado School of Mines, all in Environmental Engineering. Yalin was a visiting scholar at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) during graduate study.

Prior to joining Rutgers, Yalin worked at the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) and the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) at UIUC.

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Graduate Students

Ali Ahmad

Ali received his Chemical Engineering B.S. from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) and Renewable Energy Technology M.S. from the University of Dhaka. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick. His research interest lies in the intersection of sustainability assessment tools and applied machine learning.

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Undergraduate Researchers

Xavier Lennard

Xavier Lennard, a Biochemistry major at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, class of 2025, is actively engaged in research as an LSAMP Scholar at Li Research group. The LSAMP program aims to enhance diversity and inclusion within non-medical STEM research fields, offering valuable experience to its participants.


Naman Shah

Naman Shah is a rising sophomore majoring in Computer Science and Data Science at Rutgers University. He has been working in developing Python scripts for over two years. He has been awarded as the winner of Datathon by the Rutgers University Data Science in Spring 2024 for his work in analyzing data from Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. He is drawn to work on QSDsan and BioSTEAM to bioprocess engineering and resource recovery, specifically for the New Jersey Waste. He is a 2024 Aresty Summer Science scholar.

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