Wai-Fah Chen at a Glance

Most Recent Position
• Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering at University of Hawaii, 1999-2006
• George E. Goodwin Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of the Department of Structural Engineering at Purdue University, 1976 to 1999  
• Taught at Lehigh University, 1966 to 1975
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Research Interests
Constitutive modeling of engineering materials, soil and concrete plasticity, structural connections, and structural stability
Personal Interests
Research Interests
• Constitutive modeling of engineering materials, soil and concrete plasticity, structural connections, and structural stability

Awards and Honors
• 1984 US Senior Scientist Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany
• 1985 T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award, American Institute of Steel Construction
• 1985 Raymond C. Reese Research Prize of the ASCE
• 1988 Distinguished Alumnus Award, National Cheng-Kung University
• 1990 Shortridge Hardesty Award of the ASCE
• 1991 Honorary Fellow, Singapore Structural Steel Society
• 1995 Elected to the National Academy of Engineering
• 1997 Awarded Honorary Membership of the ASCE
• 1998 Elected to the Academia Sinica (Taiwan’s National Academy of Science)
• 1999 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Medal, Brown University
• 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award, America Institute of Steel Construction.
• 2003Featured in the biographical monograph “Giants of Engineering Science” as one of ten of the world’s leading engineering scientists, UK.