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Nai Yuen Chen, UT Arlington named TAMEST members

Friday, February 17, 2012

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The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) has named Nai Yuen Chen and The University of Texas at Arlington as members.

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 said.
“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 member.

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 processes.

“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 Technology.

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 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 for more information about TAMEST.


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