2009年被评为副教授，2010年被评为博士生导师，2012年被破格评为教授。2011年－2012年，在同济大学进修隧道及地下工程；2015年－2016年，在美国宾夕法尼亚州立大学（The Pennsylvania State University）G3实验室（Geomechanics, Geofluids and Geohazards）学习地质科学和岩石力学。
Ma liqiang, (born in 1979 in Ningxia Wuzhong, male, the Hui Nationality, PhD) is professor and doctoral supervisor and he is also the director of Talent and Discipline Development Office in School of Mines.
From September 1997 to December 2007, he completed undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral studies in China University of Mining and Technology. During undergraduate study, he was awarded "Outstanding University Student Award" and "Board of Directors Scholarship" by IET education foundation, and was awarded "Merit student of Jiangsu Province". Master thesis was awarded "one of top 100 master theses in Jiangsu Province". Doctoral thesis was funded by "Innovation Plan for Postgraduates in Jiangsu Province".
He was associate professor in 2009, doctoral supervisor in 2010 and professor in 2012. From 2011 to 2012, he studied tunnel and underground engineering in Tongji university. From 2015 to 2016, he studies Geological sciences and rock mechanics in G3 laboratory (Geomechanics, Geofluids and Geohazards )in The Pennsylvania State University.
The main research work is water conservation mining and ground control. Research achievements have won 1 second prize of national science and technology progress (2011), 3 first prizes and 5 second prizes of provincial-level and ministerial-level science and technology progress, and 1 second prize of technological invention of the ministry of education (2018). He has obtained more than 30 domestic authorized invention patents as the first right holder and more than 10 foreign authorized invention patents. He has published 3 academic monographs and edited 2 textbooks. He has published more than 20 papers in SCI and more than 40 papers in EI as the first author or corresponding author. He has directed the completed or uncompleted projects of National Natural Science Foundation of China, New Century Excellent Talents Project of Ministry of Education, and Sub-project of Advantageous Disciplines in Jiangsu Province, etc. He completed "863" and "973" programs and other projects as the research backbone, and he was responsible for more than 50 joint scientific and technological projects.
He was selected as "Outstanding Talents of New Century" (2012) by the Ministry of Education, "Distinguished Professor of Top 100 program" (2017) by shaanxi province, "Young and Middle-aged Academic Leaders of Qinglan Project in Jiangsu Province "(2012) and " 333 High-level Talents Training Project "(2014) by Jiangsu Province. He was awarded the "May 4th" Medal of China Coal Youth (2015), Sun Yueqi Youth Science and Technology Award (2014) and Jiangsu Province Youth Master (2014), etc.