June 21, 2021 - June 25, 2021
Dr. Annie Dian–Ru Li is currently a R&D Mechanical Engineer at Zap Surgical Systems. She is responsible for researching new mechanical engineering practices and procedures, developing and validating new product designs, as well as improving existing performance of ZAP-X® stereotactic radiosurgery system.
Dr. Li receives her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Mechanical Engineering Department at National Taiwan University. She then obtained her Doctorate degree from the Mechanical Engineering Department at University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and continued as a Postdoctoral Researcher for a year. Dr. Li's research interests lie in the field of design and manufacturing with the focused areas on biomedical engineering, advanced manufacturing, and medical product design and development. She is knowledgeable about mechanical design, computational modeling, and various manufacturing processes ranging from additive manufacturing to tissue machining. Beyond this, Dr. Li is also experienced with the processes of medical product design and development including initial concept prototyping, manufacturability evaluation, performance testing and patentability/commercialization assessment.
Dr. Li was selected as one of thirty of the top junior academic women in Mechanical Engineering and invited to a Rising Star in Mechanical Engineering workshop hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2018. She also led a project team developing innovative nasal airway device and won the First Prize of Michigan Business Challenge in 2020. Dr. Li has 8 peer-reviewed journal articles, 11 conference proceedings (one of them received Paper Presentation Award at World Congress on Micro and Nano Manufacturing 2017 International Conference), and 4 pending patents.