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Professor Li, Yuguo 李玉國

Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering
Honorary Professor

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Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
1982Shanghai Jiaotong (China)B.S. in Refrigeration Engineering
1986Tsinghua University (China)M.Sc. in Thermal Engineering (passed, not awarded)
1990Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)Tech. Licentiate in Heating and Ventilation
1992Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics

Yuguo Li is a Professor and Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Hong Kong. He joined the University in 2000. Li was a Principal Research Scientist and the team leader of indoor environments at CSIRO Australia prior to 2000. He received BSc (Refrigeration Engineering) from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 1986 and did MSc (Thermal Engineering) in Tsinghua University in 1988 (passed, not awarded due to overseas study), and received from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm a Tech Lic (Heating and Ventilation) in 1990 and PhD (Fluid Mechanics) in 1992. 

His research interests are at the interface of atmospheric environment and fluid mechanics with a focus on ventilation (environment aerodynamics). His current research topics include city ventilation, urban heat island, ventilation control of infection, city and building energy efficiency, and natural ventilation. He contributed to new theory and technologies of natural ventilation and hospital ventilation. His work led to the findings of the roles played by airflow and ventilation in the 2003 Amoy Gardens SARS outbreak. He carried out research on hospital ventilation in preparation for the influenza pandemic for Hospital Authority and WHO. 

He is active in industry and government consultation. He led and drafted 2009 WHO guidelines on natural ventilation and co-drafted the 2007 WHO interim infection control guidelines. He also assisted the Ministry of Agriculture, China in developing strategies on rural home energy efficiency and the future for Chinese kangs.
Li enjoys teaching and learning. He was a guest/adjunct/visiting professor in Shanghai Jiaotong University (1999-01), Aalborg University (2002-05), Hunan University (2003-06), Dalian University of Science and Technology (2004-07), Xian University of Architecture and Technology (2007-09), the Otto Mønsted visiting professor at Technical University of Denmark (2008-09) and currently at Central South University (2007-12) and Tianjin University.    

He is the President of Indoor Air 2014 conference. Li serves as an Associate Editor of Indoor Air, Energy and Buildings; and Editorial Board member in five other international journals. He serves in scientific advisory committees in >40 conferences such as Roomvent, Healthy Buildings and Indoor Air etc and gave plenary/keynote/invited talks in >60 conferences on topics ranging from ventilation and infection, natural ventilation, city energy efficiency to Chinese kangs.

He received the State Scientific and Technological Progress Award [SSTPA] (Second Prize) in 2010, HKU Outstanding Young Researcher Award in 2003, two Best Paper Awards of Indoor Air JOurnal [2005-2007] in 2008 and [2008-2010] in 2011. He was elected an ASHRAE Fellow in 2007, ISIAQ Fellow in 2008, HKIE Fellow in 2011, IMechE Fellow in 2012.

Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
2012-09-01Distinghuished Lecturer: ASHRAE
Research Achievement
Tang, HW
Cheung, V
2010-06-01State Science and Technology Awards, Second Prize, 2010: Ministry of Science and Technology, China
Research Achievement
2014-10-01The Rydberg Gold Medal: Scandinavian Federation of Heating,Ventilation and Sanitary associations in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden (SCANVAC)
Research Achievement
2007-09-01NSFC Outstanding Young Researcher Award: Natural Science Foundation of China
Research Achievement
2003-05-01Outstanding Young Researcher Award: The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2008-08-01Best Paper Award Indoor Air Journal 2005-2007: International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
Research Achievement
Qian, H
2011-06-01Best Paper Award Indoor Air Journal 2008-2010: Indoor Air Journal
Research Achievement
2006-04-01Green Building Award 2006 - Merit Award for the research category - the sustainable design for the fukien secondary school Hong Kong: Professional Green Building Council of Hong Kong PGBC, Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2015-03-01Outstanding Researcher: The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2015-04-01Honorary Doctor: Aalborg University, Denmark
2016-05-01Inoue Memorial Award: SHASE, The Society of Heating, Air-Conditioning and Sanitary Engineers of Japan
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
2013-2016Green Building Faculty MemberHong Kong Green Building Council
2010-2012ChairmanISIAQ Science and Technology Committee Council
2006-2014MemberASHRAE Airborne Infectious Disease (AID) Position Document (PD) Committee
2006-2010ChairmanTask Force on Airborne transmission of infectious diseases in buildings, International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ)
2009-2011Vice-President (Research)International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
2011-2014SecretaryAcademy of Fellows of ISIAQ
2014-2016Vice-President,Academy of Fellows of ISIAQ
2011-2013AdvisorShenzhen Building Research Institute
2008-Board of directorsChinese Society of Building Physics
2012MemberDepartmental Visiting Committee, Department of Building, National University of Singapore
2000MemberInternational Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, CIB, Working CommissionsW77 – Indoor Climate
2008-Vice-PresidentChinese Society of Indoor Environment and Health
2004-05, 2005-2006ChairmanChapter Technology Transfer Committee, ASHRAE HK Chapter
2008-2009Temporary AdvisorsWorld Health Organization in Geneva and Indonesia
2005-206MemberWorking Group on Promoting the Use of Disease Modelling, Centre for Health Protection, Department of Health
2004-2004Chairman (Founding)Technical Working Group on Ventilation and Health, ASHRAE HK Chapter
2008-2010HurorStockholm Challenge
2013-2019MemberScientific Committee on Infection Control of the Centre for Health Protection, Department of Health
2013-2016MemberScientific Committee on Infection Control of the Centre for Health Protection, Department of Health,
2012MemberInternational Evaluation Expert Panel, Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
2013MemberGreen Building Faculty Member, , Hong Kong Green Building Council
2006-2010MemberAppeal Board Panel Under Builder’s Lifts and Tower Working Platforms (Safety) Ordinance (Cap. 470), Department of Electrical and Mechanical Services, Hong Kong Government
2006-2011MemberAppeal Board Panel Under Builder’s Lifts and Tower Working Platforms (Safety) Ordinance (Cap. 470), Department of Electrical and Mechanical Services, Hong Kong Government
2002-2008Faculty Advisor (founding)ASHRAE HKU Student Branch
2008-2010MemberMandatory Implementation of Building Energy Codes Technical Task Force. Electrical & Mechanical Services Department, Hong Kong Government,
2009-2013Panel memberHong Kong Gov Innovation and Technology Commission
2011-2017Co-opted member,IMechE Hong Kong Branch
2010-2014MemberASHRAE Environmental Health Committee
2015-2017MemberFellow Committee, HKIE
2016-2018PresidentAcademy of Fellows of ISIAQ
2016-MemberBoard of Directors, China Mechanical Engineering Society
2017-MemberBoard of Directors, Chinese Society of Environmental Science
Media Contact Directory
Area of Expertise:
Area of Expertise (EN)Area of Expertise (ZH)
Urban heat island and environment城市熱島與環境
Indoor air quality室內空氣質素
Hospital ventilation and infection control醫院通風和感染控制
Building ventilation建築通風
Spoken Languages:
Spoken Language(s) (EN)Spoken Language(s) (ZH)
English, Putonghua英語、普通話
Written Languages:
Written Language(s) (EN)Written Language(s) (ZH)
English, Chinese英文、中文
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