Dr. Liu began his professional career at WVU as a Postdoctoral Researcher in 2000, and joined the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as a faculty member in 2002. He became a full Professor in August 2014 and was appointed as Statler Endowed Chair of Engineering in 2018. Dr. Liu also served as the Associate Chair for Research within the Department from 2012 to 2019.
He has received several honors from the scientific community and the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at WVU. Among these include: the R&D 100 Award (2011), Innovator of the Year from TechConnect WV (2013), TMS Brimacombe Medalist (2016) from the Mineral, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow Award (2010) from TMS, WVU Statler College Outstanding Researcher (2007-2009, 2011, 2015), and WVU Statler College Researcher of the Year (2011, 2015). He is a Fellow of both ASM International and American Ceramics Society.
Dr. Liu has served in several leadership positions outside WVU. His most recent positions are as follows. He has chaired the TMS High Temperature Alloys Committee (2011-2013) and the TMS Energy Conversion & Storage Committee (2012-2014), member of TMS Nomination Committee (2018-2021). He was the Chair of Basic Science Division of American Ceramics Society (2016-2017). He is the Secretary of High Temperature Materials Division in Electrochemical Society (2020-present).