Skip to content. Skip to main navigation.

MAE Professor Wen Chan Passes Away

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Wen Chan, a professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and director of the Center for Composite Materials, has passed away after a brief battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 21, at 10 a.m. at Moore Funeral Home, 1219 N. Davis Dr., in Arlington.

Memorial donations may be made in his name at

Wen Chan

Chan joined UTA as an associate professor in 1988 and was promoted to full professor in 1994. He was a Fellow of ASME and ASC and an Associate Fellow of AIAA, and received the Excellence in Research Award from the College of Engineering in 1999. He served as associate chair of MAE from 2002-03, followed by a year as interim chair of the department.

Prior to UTA, Chan worked in industry for more than 10 years at Gates Learjet Corporation and Bell Helicopter Textron. He developed several analytical tools in support of Bell'’s research program for helicopter composite airframe structures. His delamination resistance concept stands, among many others, as a stellar feat of creativity and resourcefulness, and his research led to more than 200 publications in the area of composite materials.

He earned his Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Purdue University, his master of science degree in engineering sciences and mechanics from Tennessee Tech, and his bachelor’s degree in engineering sciences from National Cheng-Kung University