Simeng Li

Simeng Li

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, College of Engineering


Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Florida State University 

M.Eng., Civil Engineering, Florida State University 

B.Eng., Environmental Engineering, Ocean University of China



Dr. Simeng Li joined the faculty of civil engineering in August 2019 after completing his Ph.D. and M.Eng both from the Florida State University. His academic and research interests are firmly rooted in the fields of environmental and water resources engineering, driven by a profound commitment to sustainability and environmental enhancement. His work focuses on developing innovative strategies to enhance water system resilience, pioneering new approaches to convert waste into valuable resources, and addressing environmental challenges by remediating both legacy and emerging contaminants. During his tenure at Cal Poly Pomona, Dr. Li has had the privilege of instructing a wide array of courses catering to both undergraduate and graduate students. His is passionate about fostering academic growth by consistently provideing valuable experiential learning opportunities to aspiring students. 


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Undergraduate Courses:
CE 2061 Fluid Mechanics                                         
CE 3201 Environmental Engineering
CE 3201L Environmental Engineering Laboratory     
CE 3211 Water Resources Engineering
CE 4201 Water and Wastewater Engineering           
CE 4211 Applied Hydrology
CE 4241 Environmental Remediation                       
CE 4830 Project Design Principles and Applications
Graduate Courses:
CE 5230 Bioresources and Bioenergy Recovery       
CE 5241 Environmental Remediation
CE 5260 Advanced Wastewater Treatment

Selected Publications

  • Li, S.*, Tasnady, D., Skelley, S., Calderon, B., Jiang, S. (2024) Enhancing organic contaminant removal from wool scouring wastewater using chemically modified biochars. Journal of Carbon Research, 10(1), 6. DOI: 10.3390/c10010006. 
  • Li, S.*, Galoustian, T., Trejo, H. (2023) Biochar pyrolyzed with concentrated solar radiation for enhanced nitrate adsorption. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 174, 106131. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaap.2023.106131.
  • Li, S.*, Chan, C. (2022) Will biochar suppress or stimulate greenhouse gas emissions in agricultural fields? Unveiling the dice game through data syntheses. Soil Systems, 6(4), 73. DOI: 10.3390/soilsystems6040073.
  • Brickler, C., Wu, Y., Li, S.*, Anandhi, A., Chen, G. (2021) Comparing physicochemical properties and sorption behaviors of pyrolysis-derived and microwave-mediated biochar. Sustainability, 13(4), 2359. DOI: 10.3390/su13042359.
  • Wu, Y., Li, S.*, Chen, G. (2021) Impacts of mechanical and chemical factors on water-holding capacity of polyacrylamide in sandy soils: Models and mechanisms. Soil Research, DOI: 10.1071/SR20200.
  • Makhtoumi, Y.*, Li, S., Ibeanusi, V., Chen, G. (2020) Evaluating water balance variables under land use and climate projections in the Upper Choctawhatchee River Watershed in Southeast US. Water, 12(8), 2205. DOI: 10.3390/w12082205.
  • Li, S.*, Duran, K., Delagah, S., Mouawad, J., Jia, X., Sharbatmaleki, M. (2021) Energy efficiency of staged reverse osmosis (RO) and closed-circuit reverse osmosis (CCRO) desalination: A model-based comparison. Water Supply. DOI: 10.2166/ws.2020.208.
  • Wu, Y., Brickler, C., Li, S.*, Chen, G. (2020) Synthesis of microwave-mediated biochar-hydrogel composites for enhanced water absorbency and nitrogen release. Polymer Testing, 93, 106996. DOI: 10.1016/j.polymertesting.2020.106996.
  • Huang, J., Xu, Q.*, Wang, X., Ji, H., Sharbatmaleki, M., Li, S., Jia, X., Sun, B., Yang, X., Li, C. (2020) Effects of hydrological and climatic variables on Cyanobacteria blooms in four large shallow lakes fed by Yangtze River. Environmental Science and Ecotechnology, 5, 100069. DOI: 10.1016/j.ese.2020.100069.
  • Li, S., Wu, Z., Wu, Z., Liu, G.* (2020) Enhancing fiber recovery from wastewater may require toilet paper redesign. Journal of Cleaner Production, 261, 121138. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.121138.
  • Li, S.*, Li, R., Tang, Y., Chen, G. (2019) Microwave-induced heavy metal removal from dewatered biosolids for cost-effective composting. Journal of Cleaner Production, 241, 118342. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118342.
  • Li, S., Wu, Z., Liu, G.* (2019) Degradation kinetics of toilet paper fiber during wastewater treatment: Effects of retention time and microbial community. Chemosphere, 225, 915-926. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.03.097.