Dr. Chen's area of
specialty is in structures and materials, with a special emphasis
on the analysis and design of composite structures, finite element
analysis, structural design optimization, and aerospace structures.
He has been involved in the NASA ICAPS (Innovative Composite
Aircraft Primary Structures) and HSR (High Speed Research) programs
since inception and conducted both experimental and computational
work. Recently he has been funded by the Boeing Company to develop
the technique of nonlinear structural analysis and shape optimization
for hole drilling in manufacturing process. He has published
around thirty research papers and eighteen technical reports.
He has developed state-of-the-art methods for the analysis of
advanced composite materials, buckling and postbuckling of delaminated
composite laminates, quasi-static and dynamic delamination growth,
the prediction of microcracking and delamination failures in
composite laminates, the nonlinear stress analysis and optimal
bush shape design of hole drilling in manufacturing process,
and optimal stacking sequence design of composite laminates.
He has obtained several awards at CSULB including: the Professional Opportunities Program Award, Affirmative Action Faculty Development Program (AAFD) Award, SCAC Assigned Time Award, and Scholarly and Creative Activity Summer Stipend award. He was the recipient of the 1995 CSULB Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award and 1994/1995 TRW Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Chen has attracted substantial external funding from National Science Foundation (NSF) and various aerospace industries. He has contributed to the establishment of the Instron Composite Laboratory which is one of the most advanced composites lab in the United States.