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Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

James M. Chen | Assistant Professor

Photo of James M. ChenSteve Hsu Keystone Research Faculty Scholar

Ph.D. – 2011, George Washington University
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
M.S. – 2007, National Taiwan University
Applied Mechanics
B.S. – 2005, National Chung-Hsing University
Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information:
2090 Rathbone Hall
MCPL Facebook Page

Professional Experience
Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at George Washington University in 2011, M.S. from the Institute of Applied Mechanics at National Taiwan University in 2007 and B.S. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National Chung-Hsing University in 2005. Prior to starting his Ph.D. study, he was a research assistant in the Institute of Physics at Academia Sinica in Taiwan from 2007-2008. Upon receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Chen started his academic career at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne and Pennsylvania State University, the Altoona college (Penn State Altoona). Dr. Chen moved to K-State in 2015 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.

Professor Chen is the director of the Multiscale Computational Physics Lab at K-State. MCPL focuses on the physical phenomena across multiple spatial and temporal scales, such as turbulence and micro-/nano-mechanics. Dr. Chen and his group is in the process of deriving a multiscale morphing continuum theory from the statistical kinetic theory by integrating rotational and translational degrees of freedom for polyatomic gases. Dr. Chen is currently working with three Ph.D. students and four undergraduate students on multiple research projects, including compressible turbulence, slip boundary and Knudsen kinetic layer. They also develop numerical solvers for their theoretical work through high performance computation.

Academic Highlights
Dr. Chen have published/co-authored more than 30 journal articles and contributed more than 20 technical reports/presentations. He is an Honorary Fellow of Australian Institute of High Energetic Materials (AIHEM), one of Founding Members and technical committee of ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute on Nanomechanics and Nanomaterials, and member of ASME, APS, SES, Sigma Xi and Pi Tau Sigma (International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society).

Those interested in mathematics genealogy can explore my mathematical lineage (at the Mathematics Genealogy Project). His academic ancestry includes Timoshenko, Prandtl, Lipschitz, Dirichlet, Fourier, Poisson, Lagrange, Euler, Ohm, Leibniz, Laplace and all the way back to Bernoulli. The full tree even date all the way back to 1400 B.C. (Dr. Moses Perez, Dissertation Unknown, School Unknown). In addition, Dr. Chen’s Erdös Number is 4 (for information about Erdös numbers see the Erdös Number Project).

Publications and Awards