Wen S. Chan, Ph.D.
Professor, and Director of the Center for Composite Materials
Ph.D. Purdue University, 1979
M.S. Tennessee Technological University, 1972
B.S. National Cheng-Kung University, 1969
Areas of Expertise: Composite structure design, mechanics of composite materials, material behavior of composites, finite element analysis, damage tolerance and durability, fracture mechanics and fatigue analysis, and smart structures.
Background: Dr. Chan has extensive industrial experiences in the analysis and design of aerospace structures. His research interests include analytical methodology development, testing and design of composite structures, as well as fracture and fatigue characteristics of metallic and composite materials. He was the principal investigator of several projects sponsored by federal government laboratories and industrial companies. Dr. Chan was an invited lecturer of the ASEE faculty Professional Development Program on Principles of Composites sponsored by NSF. He was also invited to give a seminar to several national and international universities. Prior to joining UT Arlington as a full time faculty member in 1988, Dr. Chan was Principal Engineer at Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Texas, from 1981 to 1988 and Fatigue/Fracture Engineer at Gates Learjet Corporation, Kansas from 1979 to 1981. Dr. Chan has received numerous awards in recognition of his outstanding research. These include outstanding research award (1999) from the College of Engineering at UTA, THE BEST COMPOSITE PAPER IN THE SAMPE MEETING (1986) AND THE BEST STRUCTURE PAPER IN THE AHS NATIONAL CONFERENCE (1997 )and invention award (1990) from Bell Helicopter Textron, etc. He also directed his student to receive the AIAA Student Paper Contest Award (1999) and the AHS R. L. Lichten test paper award (1996).
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