Professor Li has been on the Faculty of Management at McGill University since 1991. She had previously taught at the University of Texas at Austin.
Professor Li holds a Master's degree in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and she completed her Ph.D. in Operations Management at the University of Texas at Austin, with a doctoral dissertation on the Strategic Investment Planning and Technology Choice in Discrete Manufacturing Systems. She teaches the undergraduate required course of Introduction to Operations Management and the second-year MBA electives on Total Quality Management, Analysis of Manufacturing Systems and Management of Technology. Recently, she has been working with the Department of Mechanical Engineering to develop a new joint program, a Master of Manufacturing Management, a degree for industrial engineers who wish to pursue managerial career. In 1994, her dissertation was selected to be published as a book.
Her current research is focused on three areas. The first area is to study the decisions on technology choice and capacity expansion in a stochastic dynamic environment. The research aims to develop quantitative models and efficient algorithms to evaluate the benefits of flexible technology to cope with uncertainties. The second research area is to solve the scheduling problems in real industries. The objective is to develop both theoretical and heuristic approaches to improve manufacturing performance. The third area is to use Data Envelopment Analysis as a tool to evaluate organizational efficiency performance. She has written many academic journal publications on manufacturing, most recently in Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, Computer and Operations Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Journal of Operations management, International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Mathematical and Computer Modelling and International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management
To facilitate her research projects, she has been awarded a total of $280,000 from NSERC and FCAR since 1992. She is a member of several research organizations such as GERAD, INFORMS and Women in OR. Before she came to North America, she worked in Dalian Institute of Technology in China where she was awarded the national scholarships to study at Romania and U.S. She also worked as a consultant for two companies while working on her Ph.D. degree. In recent years, she has been working closely with IBM, General Motor, Pratt & Whitney Inc. and CAE on operations and scheduling projects