Xinlin Li

Professor
Contact Information:
Xinlin.li@colorado.edu
303-492-3514, 303-735-0523

Office Location: ECOT 537 or LASP 221 at Research Park

Focus Area

Remote Sensing, Earth, & Space Science

Education

B.S., 1982, University of Science and Technology of China
M.S., 1985, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Academia Sinica
Ph.D., 1992, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA

Professional Experience

2011-Present, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder, Professor.
2002-2011, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, Associate Professor.
2000-2002, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, Associate Research Professor.
1995-2000, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder, Research Associate.
1993-1995, Dartmouth College, Research Associate.
1992-1993, Dartmouth College, Postdoctoral Research Associate.
1986-1991, Dartmouth College, Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant.
1985-1986, Shanghai University of Science and Technology, Instructor.
1983-1985, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Research Assistant.

Awards (selected)

NASA Group Achievement Award in recognition for exceptional decidctaion, skill, and perserverance in developing and delivering the Van Allen Probes for its long-awaited science mission on time and under budget, 2013.
NASA Group Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to the THEMIS mission, 2008.
Outstanding Young Oversea Scientist, Chinese National Science Foundation, 2007.
NASA/THEMIS Project Recognition acknowleding outstanding contributions to Science Support, Specially Instrument Definition, and Mission Design to Address Radiation Belt Physics, 2006.
The European Space Agency Award in recognition of outstanding contribution made to Cluster's exploration of Geospace, 2006.
NASA Group Achievement Awards, 1995, 1998
National Citation of Merit from Academia Sinica for Research Project: "Interaction of Intenses Laser Light with Plasmas", 1988.

Research Interests

Dynamics of Earth's space environment and development of space borne instruments and CubeSat. Energy conversion from the solar wind into the magnetosphere, particle acceleration and transport, magnetic storms and substorms, and space weather effects. In particular: (1) Source, loss, energization, and transport of energetic particles in the magnetosphere, (2) Particle injections and magnetic and electric field configuration changes associated with geomagnetic storms and magnetospheric substorms. (3) Spatial structure and temporal variation of electric and magnetic fields in the Earth's space environment, (4) Prediction of energetic electrons in the magnetosphere and geomagnetic indices such as Dst and AE, (5) Design and development of energetic particle detectors and CubeSat.