J. S. Chen is William Prager Chair Professor and Distinguished Professor of Structural Engineering Department, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, and the Founding Director of Center for Extreme Events Research at UC San Diego. Before joining UCSD in 2013, he was the Chancellor’s Professor of UCLA Civil & Environmental Engineering Department where he served as the Department Chair during 2007-2012. J. S. Chen’s research is in computational mechanics and multiscale materials modeling with specialization in the development of meshfree methods. J. S. Chen earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from National Central University in Taiwan, MS in Civil Engineering and Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied mechanics from Northwestern University.

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