Li Shangzhi (1947.6—) is a professor and PhD supervisor as well as Director of the academic committee of the School of Mathematics and Systems Science of Beihang University. He received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1970, 1981 and 1982 respectively. Since 1992, he has been enjoying the special government allowance from the State Council of China. In 2003, he won the National Distinguished Teacher Award.
As one of the first 18 doctors cultivated independently by China, Prof. Li has been researching into algebra, especially group theory, since 1980. He has made systematic and internationally influential achievements in the subgroup structure of classical groups and published over 50 papers in domestic and international first-class journals, including 11 in important journals like J. Algebra. In 1985, the research project led by him about the subgroup system of simple Lie groups won him a second prize of the Science and Technology Achievement Award of the Chinese Academy of Science. In 1998, Subgroup Structure of Classical Groups, his monograph, was published by Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers as a collection of his research achievements in this field.
Since he became a university teacher in 1982, he has been teaching elementary courses to undergraduates every semester and cultivating graduates at the same time. He has led three education reform projects in mathematics, each of which won a second prize of the National Excellent Teaching Achievement Award. His courses in mathematics experiments, linear algebra for math majors and linear algebra for non-math majors were rated as quality courses by the national government. He was the chief editor of Mathematics Experiments (published by Higher Education Press in Chinese and World Scientific Publishing in English), a textbook designed for China’s 10th Five-Year Plan of the general higher education and among the Textbook Series for 21st Century, and Linear Algebra (for math majors), also a textbook designed for China’s 10th Five-Year Plan of the general higher education. He was invited to introduce his experience in carrying out teaching reforms and developing quality courses at more than 150 Chinese universities. In 1999, he was honored with the Grand Baosteel Education Award for Excellent Teachers。
He worked at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Science and Technology of China from 1981 to 2006, and began to teach at Beihang in 2004. At present, he is a member of the steering committee for the teaching of mathematics and statistics and the vice director of the subcommittee for the teaching of basic mathematics courses of the Ministry of Education.