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Li, Cheryl (full)
Associate Professor
Tagliatela College of Engineering
Industrial, System & Multidisciplinary Engineering
Buckman Hall

    Dr. Li has unique cross-disciplinary educational backgrounds in mechatronics engineering (control and robotics) and educational psychology (educational program measurement and assessment).  She has extensive research experience in mechatronics, robotics, control, engineering design, and artificial intelligence.  She has taught a broad range of courses in general engineering, kinematics and dynamics, systems and control, robotics and mechatronics at universities in Australia, Singapore, and the US.  She has also accumulated a rich experience in international joint degree program coordination and international student supervision.
Academic Credentials


    B.S. Mechatronics Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

    Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore

    Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut

    Selected Publications in Engineering

    Li, Q., "A novel Likert scale based on fuzzy sets theory", Expert Systems with Applications (2012).

    Wu, X.J., Tang, J., Li, Q., and Heng, K.H., "Development of a configuration space motion planner for robot in dynamic environment," Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, Vol. 25(1), pp. 13-31, 2009.

    Li, Q., "Experimental validation on the integrated design for a parallel robot", Robotica, Vol. 24, pp. 173-181, 2006.

    Li, Q., and Zhang, W. J., "A closed-form solution to the crank position corresponding to the maximum velocity of the slider in a centric slider-crank mechanism," ASME Transaction, Journal of Mechanism, Vol.128(3), pp. 654-656, 2006

    Li, Q., and Wu, F.X., "Control performance improvement of a parallel robot via the Design for Control approach," Mechatronics, Vol. 14(8), pp.947-964, 2004.

    Selected Publications in Education

    Li, Q., Swaminathan, H., and Tang, J., "Development of a classification system for engineering student characteristics affecting college enrollment and retention," Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 98, pp. 361-376, 2009.

    Li, Q., McCoach, D. B., Swaminathan, H., and Tang, J., "Development of an instrument to measure perspectives of engineering education among college students," Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 97, pp. 47-56, 2008.

    Li, Q., "Capturing missing information using fuzzy Likert scale," Northeastern Educational Research Association Annual Conference, October, 2009.

    Li, Q., "A classification of engineering student characteristics," Northeastern Educational Research Association Annual Conference, October, 2009.

    Li, Q., "Measurement of characteristics of engineering students: What has been done and what needs to be done?" American Society for Engineering Education, Zone I Conference, March, 2008.

    Courses Taught

    • EAS109 - Project Planning and Development
    • EAS112 - Methods of Engineering Analysis
    • SE 488 - System Engineering Design Process
    • ME 451 - Robotics and Automation