Dr. Shi is experienced in the processing and evaluation of renewable biocomposite materials, including engineered wood-based products and natural fiber composites. His research interests also include nanocomposites, adhesive and adhesion. He is also involved in federal research projects funded by Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Dr. Shi obtained his Ph.D. at Michigan Technological University. He served as a post-doctoral research associate at MTU and the University of Maine, and then joined APA, a Washington-based Engineered Wood Association, as an engineer. There, he conducted product evaluation and quality assurance of engineered wood based building products. In 2004, he came back to academia, joining Mississippi State University as an assistant professor. After seven years of service with MSU, Dr. Shi transferred to UNT in 2011.
Dr. Shi received an Early Career Achievement Award at the MSU College of Forest Resources and a Research Award at the MSU Computational Manufacturing & Design.
He currently serves as vice president for the Society of Wood Science and Technology, chair of Markwardt Award Committee for Forest Products Society, and member of ASTM International.
He has published more than 80 journal papers and professional conference proceedings; served as a reviewer for more than 20 professional journals, standard organizations and federal funding agencies; and presented more than 30 seminars.