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Get to Know the Faculty: Dong "Michelle" Li


Michelle Li is in her first semester as Assistant Professor of Supply Chain/Operations Management in the College of Business. Let's get to know her.

Michelle Li

Dong "Michelle" Li

Place of birth:
Tianjin, China
Why did you choose A-State?
People in Arkansas are the best. The students here are very polite, down to the earth, and highly motivated. In addition, the faculty and staff members at A-State care about student success.
What makes a good professor?
The ability to motivate students’ learning.
Who was your favorite teacher (and why)?
My favorite teacher was my physics teacher in high school. She was always very positive, confident, supportive and patient with students and ready to answer questions. She believed that learning was a process of continuous improvement.
What’s the value of a university education?
It’s the opportunity to broaden vision and development of thinking patterns.
Your philosophy on education in seven words:
Engaging in improving the ways people think
If you could teach another field, which one and why?
I would teach physics. It is both an art and a science. There are a lot of similarities between physics and business. Both require great observation skills, logical thinking and analytical skills. These are skills in high demand in our globalized and intertwined world. Both fields produce objects of great beauty and elegance.
What is the one thing you wish you could teach everyone about your field?
The concepts, theories, tools, and ideas that students learn in business can not only be applied to the world of business but in every field and industry.
What are you working on right now?
Writing a book based on my research in modeling and solving complex decision-making problems on quality competition in supply chain networks.
In college, I was known for...
A great passion for movies and Legos
What music is playing in your car?
Light rock, especially the Beatles
My favorite motion picture is...
Schindler’s List
The television series I must TiVo...
The last book I read for fun was...
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose, by Eckhart Tolle
If I could travel anywhere it would be...
The moon
Four people I’d take to coffee...
Professor Anna Nagurney (my dissertation advisor from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst), the famous mathematician and economist Dr. John Nash, and my best friends, Min and Wenxu.
The best advice I ever received was...
Work hard for what you want, because it won’t come to you without a fight.
What is the one thing I’ve learned I’d tell my college self...
No price is too high to pay for the privilege of working on where your passion lies.
My hobbies are...
Swimming, cooking, Legos and traveling.
My passion is...
Teaching, research, and movies
My pro sports team is...
Chelsea Football Club
My pet peeve is...
Movies without positive endings
My favorite meal is...
A perfect day is...
Any day that I learn something new and excited in my field.
Cats or dogs?
E-book or hardback?
Beach or mountains?
Dinner or supper?
I wish I could...
Learn two more languages, preferably German and Latin.
Only my friends know I...
Love making fun of myself in front of them
My favorite saying is...
If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.