Ying Li is a scholar of computer networks focused on finding solutions to the challenges of creating low-cost, easily deployable wireless networks in contexts where wired networks are unavailable or have failed. This novel and important work has tremendous real-world applicability. For example, intermittent networks can be created to support search and rescue operations in disaster areas or to provide wireless service in rural or remote areas. Her most recent scholarship explores the use of drones to support intermittent networks. Li’s research has been published in high-quality, peer-reviewed online conference venues, a necessity in the field of computer science that changes so quickly. Her publications often include student co-authors, a highly unusual practice in her field. Li completed her Ph.D. at the University of New Hampshire, and she earned her B.E. and M.E. at the Hubei University of Technology in Wuhan, China.