Li Tan, Ph.D.

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Li Tan, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Technology Building 283
(219) 785-5744


Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of New Mexico, 1992
M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of New Mexico, 1989

Courses Taught

  • ECE 20200 Linear Circuit Analysis II
  • ECE 26400 Advanced C Programming
  • ECE 27000 Introduction to Digital System Design
  • ECE 30100 Signals and Systems
  • ECE 30001 Signals and Systems Laboratory
  • ECE 32100 Electromechanical Motion Devices
  • ECE 32300 Electromechanical Motion Device Laboratory
  • ME 37600 System Modeling and Analysis
  • ECE 38200 Feedback System Analysis and Design
  • ECE 30800 System Simulation and Control Laboratory
  • ECE 36200 Microprocessor Systems and Interfacing
  • ECE 40200 Electrical Engineering Design Projects
  • ECE 43800 Digital Signal Processing with Applications
  • ME 45700 Mechancial Vibration Analysis
  • ECE 48300 Digital Control System Analysis and Design
  • ENGR 49900 Undergraduate Research

Academic Experience

  • Professor, Electrical Engineering, Purdue University North Central, 2014-present
  • Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering, Purdue University North Central, 2012-2014
  • Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Purdue University North Central, 2008-2012
  • Senior ProfessorProfessor and Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering, DeVry University, Atlanta, GA, 1997-2008
  • Research Associate, University of New Mexico, 1992-1993

Non-Academic Experience

  • Principle Engineer, Iterated System, Atlanta, GA, 1994-1997
  • Developed speech and video coders and co-invented a US patent
  • Conducted various research projects on speech/audio, image and video data compression using fractal and wavelet transforms, and subband coding method
  • Involved in video compression product development
  • Senior Software Engineer, American Laser Games, Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1993-1994
  • Developed video compression algorithms and software
  • Developed three software CD titles as a leading software engineer
  • Worked as a team member for other projects including embedded arcade game systems and 3DO (3 dimensional object) game systems

Professional Activities

  • Senior Member of IEEE (since 2001); Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and International Association of Journals and Conferences (IAJC)

Honors and Awards

  • Summer Faculty Grant, Purdue Research Foundation, 2010
  • International Travel Grant, Purdue Research Foundation, 2010

Service Activities

  • Associate Editor for the International Journal of Applied Research and Innovation (IJME)
  • Associate Editor for the International Journal of Modern Engineering (IJERI)
  • Editorial board member for the Technology Interface International Journal (TIIJ)
  • Served as division co-chair, program committee member and moderator in several international conferences
  • Offered several workshops in Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, China
  • Served as a reviewer for IEEE transaction journals and international conferences
  • DeVry University
    • Curriculum Development Committee member for MSEE program
    • Development of syllabus and guide for MSEE course
    • Served as chair of communications and signal processing sequence across the DeVry system
    • Served as the IEEE Atlanta Student Chapter Counselor
  • University of New Mexico
    • Conducted research and real-time implementations of digital and adaptive signal processing algorithms


Served as the author or co-author on over 70 refereed publications including refereed journal papers, refereed conference papers and research book chapters, 3 software titles, a granted US patent, and four textbooks:

  • Tan, Li-Zhe and J. Jiang, Digital Signal Processing: Fundamentals and Applications, Second Edition, Elsevier Publishing/Academic Press, 2013.
  • Tan, Li-Zhe, Digital Signal Processing: Fundamentals and Applications, Elsevier/Academic Press, 2008, Reprint Version: 2011.
  • Tan, Li-Zhe and J. Jiang, Analog Signal Processing and Filter Design, Linus Publications, 2009.
  • Tan, Li-Zhe and J. Jiang, Fundamentals of Analog and Digital Signal Processing, AuthorHouse, 2008.