Dr. Wei Li is Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Coordinator of the Master of Urban Planning Program at Texas A&M University. He is committed to research, education, and service activities that lead to smart solutions for challenges faced by underserved communities and underprivileged populations. He has published numerous high-impact journal articles in the field of transportation and urban planning.
Dr. Li is the Founding President of ENDEAVR (www.endeavr.city), a nonprofit organization dedicated to futureproofing small communities by enabling them to become smart cities. It currently has two programs: ENDEAVRX is an interdisciplinary project-based learning platform that connects students from the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) disciplines with industries and communities; ENDEAVRide is a novel, affordable self-driving service designed for underprivileged populations living in small-town America.
Dr. Li has successfully obtained funding support from various agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Google Inc., W.M. Keck Foundation and state departments of transportation. His NSF-funded project explored the behavioral impact of public transit. That was the first time that planners used confidential census microdata to examine behavioral changes caused by new transportation infrastructure. Dr. Li’s team has developed innovative methods to analyze these data and evaluate the impact of public transit on individuals’ travel and firms’ locational behavior. In March 2018, he received an NIH R01 grant (as one of three Principal Investigators) to evaluate the health and behavior impact of bus rapid transit.
Dr. Li teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, with an emphasis on smart and connected communities. He has designed and implemented numerous service-learning projects and has made significant curriculum changes to transportation planning courses (e.g., creating online courses) at Texas A&M.
Dr. Li has served as a reviewer for NSF and more than 20 reputable journals. He was Associate Editor for Environmental Science and Policy from 2013 to 2016.
In 2017, Dr. Li received the Outstanding Instructor Award from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University.
In 2018, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award (College Level) from the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University.
In 2019, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award (University Level) from the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University.
Policy and Design
University of California
University of Waterloo
B.A. Business Administration
Renmin University of China
Planning for smart and connected communities; societal impacts of autonomous vehicles; sustainable and active transportation; environmental economics