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Professor Wen Chan Life and Legacy

Dr. Wen ChanDr. Wen Chan, professor in MAE, passed away Friday, September 15, 2017, after a brave battle with cancer. He was an outstanding faculty who has taught, mentored, and influenced numerous generations of students and younger faculty colleagues. Transcending his scholarship, his kindness, caring and gentleness touched all of us as well as his students.

A graduate of Purdue University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics under Professor C. T. Sun, Dr. Chan received 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 in Taiwan. He joined the UT Arlington faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 1988, serving at the rank of full professor since 1994. Dr. Chan also served as Associate Chair of MAE from 2002-03, followed by a year as Interim Chair.

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

He was a Fellow of the 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 Chapter President of the North American Taiwanese Engineers Association (NATEA) and its Scholarship Program Chair.

Memorial Scholarship

Thanks to a generous initial pledge from our senior faculty we are starting Professor Wen Chan’s Endowed Scholarship as a tribute to his lifetime of dedication to providing opportunities to students and a chance to those who struggle with so few possibilities in their lives. May the values he cherished most continue through this endowment.

Thanks to your generosity, the initial goal of $50,000 was surpassed on October 11, 2017. It was subsequently increased to $100,000. The new goal was surpassed on October 20, 2017. A memorable tribute before Prof. Wen Chan’s Memorial Service! He holds a place in our heart and our generosity follows. Your continuing contributions will make a difference in the lives of larger numbers of students in perpetuity,  as our Dear Prof. Chan strived for. May his legacy endure! The Wen Chan Memorial Endowed Scholarship is now one of the largest in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UTA. On behalf of the many students you will join in shaping through your contribution, thank you for enabling Professor Wen Chan’s legacy to carry on!

Contributions can be made using the following link.