The Academy of Medicine,
Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) has named Nai Yuen Chen and The University of Texas at Arlington
Chen is a distinguished research
professor in the UT Arlington Department
of Materials Science & Engineering. He came to the UT Arlington College
of Engineering in the fall 2011. He has been a member of the National Academy
of Engineering (NAE) since 1990.
TAMEST was founded in 2004 by
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Nobel Laureates Michael Brown and the late
Richard Smalley with the goal of providing broader recognition of the state's
top achievers in medicine, engineering and science.
“I and all Texans congratulate
Dr. Nai Chen for becoming the newest member of The Academy of Medicine,
Engineering, and Science of Texas (TAMEST). TAMEST continues to grow in size and
stature as more scientists like Dr. Chen relocate to our state to conduct their
groundbreaking work at one of our top research institutions,” Sen. Hutchison
“Dr. Chen brings with him a wealth of experience in the fields of chemical and
bioengineering and will be a great asset to UT Arlington and TAMEST, joining
Texas’ over 240 nationally recognized scientists and engineers.”
UT Arlington became eligible for
TAMEST membership when Chen came on board the faculty since he is an NAE
Chen had a 33-year career with
Mobil’s Central Research, now part of Exxon/Mobil’s Research Department.
Chen is inventor or co-inventor
of 126 U.S. patents on novel catalysts, oil refining, petrochemical and biomass
“It’s an honor to be admitted to
such a prestigious organization,” Chen said. “I’m hoping that contacts UT
Arlington makes through TAMEST can lead to fruitful relationships.”
His book, “Shape Selective
Catalysis in Industrial Applications,” is an academic and industry staple. The
second edition contains new information about the role shape selective
catalysis can play in providing environmentally clean fuels.
Chen has authored or contributed
to 10 other technical books. He has authored or co-authored 73 papers in
technical journals around the world.
Chen earned a bachelor’s of
science degree from the University of Shanghai, a master’s degree from
Louisiana State University and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of
Research activity within UT
Arlington’s College of
Engineering exceeded $38 million last year, accounting for more than half
of the University’s total research expenditures.
Last year, J.-C. Chiao, a
UT Arlington electrical engineering
professor, won the Edith and Peter O'Donnell Award in Engineering from TAMEST. Chiao
is the Janet and Mike Greene Professor and the Jenkins Garrett Professor in the
College of Engineering.
The University of Texas at
Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of nearly 33,000 students in
the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu
to learn more.
TAMEST institutional membership
is limited to Texas research institutions with Nobel Laureates or national academies
members. UT Arlington becomes TAMEST’s 17th member institution.
TAMEST brings the state’s top
scientific, academic and corporate minds together to further position Texas as
a national research leader. TAMEST also hopes to foster the next generation of
scientists and to increase the awareness and communication among the state’s
best and brightest about research priorities for the future.
Since 2004, 87 TAMEST members
have been inducted into the national academies or have relocated to Texas.
Currently, more than 240 members of the national academies, including the
state’s 10 Nobel Laureates, are members of TAMEST. Visit www.tamest.org for more information about
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