Professor Liu Li Fan, Philip has been elected as Academician of Academia Sinica by the 32nd Convocation of Academicians from 4 to 7 July 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. Professor Liu has been recognised and honoured for his expertise in the Engineering Sciences.
Academia Sinica supports research activities in a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from mathematical and physical sciences to life sciences, engineering sciences, humanities and social sciences. Academicians are grouped into four divisions: Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences. A maximum number of ten new academicians is elected in each of the four divisions during the biennial Convocation.
Professor Liu joined NUS Engineering on 31 August 2015, and is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is also serving as the Vice President for Research and Technology.
Holder of the Kwoh-Ting Lee Chair Professorship at the National Central University, Taiwan, Professor Liu is affiliated with the Institute of Hydrological and Oceanic Sciences. He joined Cornell University’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1974, where he became the Class of 1912 Professor and Director of the School from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2015. Professor Liu is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), as well as a distinguished member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Professor Liu’s research interests are in Coastal Oceanography and Engineering. He is an internationally recognised, front-line researcher in the fields of water wave theories, tsunamis dynamics, wave-breaking processes, sediment transport processes, and interactions of water waves with structures. His research approach integrates analytical, computational and experimental methodologies. Professor Liu’s numerical model COMCOT (Cornell-Multi-grid-Coupled-Tsunami-Model), based on nonlinear shallow water wave theory, has been employed by groups in many countries in developing tsunami warning system and inundation maps and assessing tsunami damage. Another of his numerical model, COBRAS (Cornell-Breaking-Waves-and Structures), which is based on the Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations, is also widely used internationally as a tool for preliminary engineering design of coastal structures, and for conducting research in wave-solid interactions, including water waves generated by a landslide.