Lizhi Sun

Lizhi Sun

Professor (Joint Appointment)
4139 Engineering Gateway
(949) 824-8670 Office
(949) 824-2117

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2175


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Structural Mechanics, 1998
M.S., University of California, Los Angeles, Civil Engineering, 1997
M.S., Peking University,China, Solid Mechanics, 1990
B.S., Zhejiang University, China, Engineering Mechanics, 1987

Sun’s primary area of research is the micro/nanomechanics of heterogeneous composite materials, with applications in civil, mechanical, aerospace, electronic and biomedical engineering. His research has been sponsored by NSF, Army, Air Force, Navy, NGC and Honda R&D. He has published more than 180 papers including 95 peer-reviewed journal papers in the fields of mechanics and materials, applied physics and biomedical engineering. He has won numerous academic and research awards such as Fellow of AAAS (2017), Fellow of ASCE’s Engineering Mechanics Institute (2014), UCI Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor of the Year (2013), AFRL Faculty Fellow (2011), UCI School of Engineering Fariborz Maseeh Best Faculty Research Award (2008), Honda Research Initiation Award, (2006), Iowa Chapter Chi Epsilon Special Recognition Award (2003), University of Iowa Old Gold Fellow (2003), University of Iowa CARVER Research Award (2000) and UCLA Engineering School Outstanding Ph.D. Award (1998).Sun is an editor of the International Journal of Damage Mechanics, and an associate editor for ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics, and ASCE Lecture Notes in Mechanics. He has organized more than 50 symposia for various societies, and has served as a reviewer for more than 80 journals and 10 funding agencies (e.g. NSF, NIH, DoD). He is a member of ASCE, ASME, MRS and AAAS and has been the committee chair for the ASCE-EMI Committee on Inelasticity Modeling and Multiscale Behavior (2009-2011), ASCE-EMI Committee on Nanocomposites (2012-2013), and ASCE-EMI Committee on Nanomechanics and Micromechanics (2014-2017).