C. Chen, ASME Fluids Engineering Award

NEW YORK, Aug. 18, 2008 – Ching-Jen Chen, Ph.D., a resident of Tallahassee, Fla., and dean of engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at Florida A&M University and Florida State University, was honored by ASME. He was recognized for contributions in computational fluid dynamics through the creation of the finite analytic method; and for promoting the engineering use of the turbulence model, exploring the effects of magnetic field on blood flows and pioneering the magnetic micro-pump design. He received the Society’s Fluids Engineering Award.

The award is conferred upon an individual for outstanding contributions over a period of years to the engineering profession and, in particular, to the field of fluids engineering through research, practice or teaching. It was presented to Chen during the Fluids Engineering Summer Conference, held in Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 10 through 14.

Dr. Chen has been serving as the dean of engineering for Florida A&M University and Florida State University since 1992. He is a professor of mechanical engineering and affiliated professor in biomedical engineering. Previously, he was on the faculty at the University of Iowa, Iowa City (1967-1992) and served as chair of the department of mechanical engineering from 1982 to 1992.

During his 40 years of academic life Chen has supervised numerous postdoctoral and visiting scholars, 38 doctoral dissertations and 32 master theses; taught 25 different courses; and created the finite analytic method, which improved the accuracy and the stability of numerical solutions for laminar and turbulent flows.

Chen recently began research in biomedical engineering, magnetic effects on biological cells, magnetic micro devices and nanotechnology. Achievements include the development of a procedure that enables the separation of red blood cells from whole blood using magnetic means and the development of micro mechanical pumps.

He has authored/co-authored more than 100 journal articles and five books and edited five books on turbulent flows and heat transfer, turbulence modeling, computational fluid dynamics and flow visualization. A co-authored book titled Fundamentals of Turbulence Modeling (Taylor and Francis, 1998) has been translated into Chinese and Japanese. Since 1997 he has been a U.S. regional editor for the Visualization Society of Japan’s Journal of Visualization. He holds four U.S. patents.

An ASME Fellow, Chen served as a reviewer for the Journal of Heat Transfer and the Journal of Fluid Engineering for 10 years and four years, respectively; an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) evaluator (1990-97); and a member of the Micro and Nano Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee (2002-04).

Chen received his diploma at Taipei Institute of Technology, Taiwan, in 1957. He earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Kansas State University, Manhattan, in 1962; and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Case-Western Reserve University, Cleveland, in 1967.

Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization promoting the art, science and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences. ASME develops codes and standards that enhance public safety, and provides lifelong learning and technical exchange opportunities benefiting the global engineering and technology community.



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