Max Z. Li

Assistant Professor


3029 François-Xavier Bagnoud Aerospace Building
1320 Beal Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2140

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Additional Title(s)

  • Assistant Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering
  • Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Max is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also has courtesy appointments in Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as Industrial and Operations Engineering. Max received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2021. He earned his MSE in Systems Engineering and BSE in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, both from the University of Pennsylvania, in 2018. Max’s research and teaching interests include air transportation systems, airport and airline operations, Advanced Air Mobility, networked systems, as well as optimization and control.


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    PhD, Aerospace Engineering, 2021
  • University of Pennsylvania
    MSE, Systems Engineering, 2018
    BSE, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, 2018

Research Interests

  • Air transportation systems
  • Airport and airline operations
  • Networked systems
  • Optimization and control

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Professional Service

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS)
  • Transportation Research Board (TRB)


  • Aviation Applications Section Best PhD Dissertation Prize, INFORMS 2022
  • Best Paper Award (System Performance), ICRAT 2020
  • Aviation Applications Section Best Presentation, 2020 INFORMS Annual Meeting
  • Best Paper Award (Performance Analysis and Metrics), ATM R&D Seminar 2019
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2018
  • Federal Aviation Administration RAISE Award, 2018