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civil engineering educator

Karen Chai Kwan Chou, American civil engineering educator. Registered professional engineer, New York, Tennessee.


Chou, Karen Chai Kwan was born on December 10, 1955 in Hong Kong. Came to the United States, 1970, naturalized, 1976. Daughter of Choi Hong and Chuen Mui (Wong) Chou.


Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Tufts University, 1978. Master of Science, Northwestern University, 1980. Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1983.


Civil engineering technician C.E. United States Army, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1977-1978. Consultant Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute, Chicago, summer 1979. Structural engineer Harza Engineering Company, 1979-1981.

Research associate Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1982-1983. Assistant professor Syracuse University, New York, 1983-1987, associate professor civil engineering, 1987-1993, University Tennessee, Knoxville, since 1993. Visiting associate professor University Minnesota, 1991.


  • Registered professional engineer, New York, Tennessee.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Volunteer tutor Boston Technology High School, 1978. Member American Society Engineers Education (Navy Air Warfare Center fellow 1998), American Concrete Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers (board directors Syracuse section 1984-1989, newsletter editor 1984-1985, secretary 1985-1986, president 1987-1988, New York council chair 1993), Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon, order of Engineer.


  • Other Interests

    Stamp collecting/philately, volleyball, ping-pong.


Choi Hong Chou

Chuen Mui (Wong) Chou