Dr. Wei Li

Contact Info

281 Sesquicentennial Hall
1000 Southwest Rd
Platteville, WI 53818

Department Info

0281 Sesquicentennial Hall



Dr. Li earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada, his Master of Science in Physics from Nankai Institute of Mathematics in Tianjin, China, and his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Jilin University in Changchun, China.

Prior to joining UW-Platteville, Dr. Li first worked at Apollo Photonics Inc. as a research engineer where he was also an Industry Research Fellow, National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada. He was in charge of computer-aided design (CAD) simulations software development of functional components for fiber-optic communication systems and advanced material/device design including quantum wells, semiconductor laser diodes, semiconductor optical amplifiers, and other integrated devices. Then Dr. Li jointed Photonami Corporation (now AVO Photonics) as a research scientist and worked on an innovative surface-emitting distributed feedback (DFB) laser for metropolitan or long-haul optical networks. Dr. Li was the co-inventor of the device.

Since joining UW-Platteville, Dr. Li has served as a technical consultant for companies in the United States, Canada, and Japan. He has been invited as a technical committee member, session chair and invited speaker at international conferences. He is the principle investigator (PI) of several research projects supported by the grants from state and federal agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and WiSys Technology Foundation. Dr. Li was a visiting professor at Photonics Laboratories of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) in Japan for sabbatical. His current research interests include optoelectronic devices, fiber-optic communication systems, quantum electronics, quantum effects of nanoscale materials or devices, and nanophotonics.

Dr. Li has published more than fifty research papers and holds three U.S. patents. He is a senior member of IEEE Photonics Society.