Fengyan Li

Fengyan Li

Associate Professor

Dr. Fengyan Li received her BS and MS degrees in Computational Mathematics from Peking University in 1997 and 2000, respectively, and her PhD degree in Applied Mathematics from Brown University in 2004. Before she joined RPI in 2006, she held a postdoc position at University of South Carolina.

Dr. Li's research interests and activities are mainly in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing. Her research focuses on the design and analysis of robust and highly accurate computational methods, especially discontinuous Galerkin finite element methods, with applications such as in wave propagation, fluid dynamics, optimal control, plasma physics, astrophysics, and nonlinear optics. Dr. Li received a Stella Dafermos Award at Brown University in 2004, and was a recipient of Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2008. In 2009, she was granted an NSF-CAREER award for her research in high order methods and their applications. Dr. Li is currently serving on the editorial board of SIAM Journal of Numerical Computing and Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (English Edition)

Dr. Li has been actively involved in Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and Women in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing (WINASC) Research Network.  In 2015, she co-organized a mini-symposium and served as a career panelist at the 8th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) in Beijing (China), she was also an invited speaker at the workshop “Women in Applied Maths & Soft Matter Physics" in Mainz (Germany);  As a member of the AWM SIAM Subcommittee, she will co-organize the research sessions of the 2017 AWM-SIAM Workshop in Pittsburgh.  Currently Dr. Li is the faculty advisor of the AWM Student Chapter at RPI.


  • Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Brown University, 2004

    M.S. in Computational Mathematics, Peking University, 2000

    B.S. in Computational Mathematics, Peking University, 1997

  • M. Li, P. Guyenne, F. Li, L. Xu, A positivity-preserving well-balanced central discontinuous Galerkin method for the nonlinear shallow water equations, Journal of Scientific Computing, accepted, November 2016
  • M. Li, F. Li, Z. Li, L. Xu, Maximum-principle-satisfying and positivity-preserving high order central DG methods for hyperbolic conservation laws, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, accepted, September 2016
  • Y. Cheng, C.-S. Chou, F. Li, Y. Xing, L2 stable discontinuous Galerkin methods for one-dimensional two-way wave equations, Mathematics of Computation, v86 (2017), pp.121-155
  • Z. Tao, F. Li, J. Qiu, High-order central Hermite WENO schemes: dimension-by-dimension moment-based reconstructions, Journal of Computational Physics, v318 (2016), pp.222-251
  • H. Yang and F. Li, Stability analysis and error estimates of an exactly divergence-free method for the magnetic induction equations, ESAIM: Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis, v50 (2016), pp.965-993
  • F. Long, F. Li, X. Intes, S. P. Kotha, Radiative transfer equation modeling by streamline diffusion modified continuous Galerkin method. Journal of Biomedical Optics, 21(2016), 036003
  • T. Xiong, J. Jang, F. Li, J.-M. Qiu, High order asymptotic preserving nodal discontinuous Galerkin IMEX schemes for the BGK equation, Journal of Computational Physics, v284 (2015), pp.70-94
  • Y. Cheng, I. Gamba, F. Li, and P. Morrison, Discontinuous Galerkin methods for Vlasov-Maxwell equations, SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, v52-2 (2014), pp.1017-1049
  • Y. Cheng, F. Li, J. Qiu, and L. Xu, Positivity-preserving DG and central DG methods for ideal MHD equations, Journal of Computational Physics, v238 (2013), pp.255 - 280