Dr. Xi obtained his B.S. form Shang Jiaotong University in 1996, M.S. from Xi\'an Jiaotong University in 1999, and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2005, all in Mechanical Engineering. After that, he worked as a research assistant professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University for three years before he joined the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as an assistant professor. He have authored 21 journal papers (14 first-authored), 4 invited book chapters, and held 1 US patent.