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civil engineering educator

Wai-Fah Chen, Chinese, American Civil engineering educator. Named George E. Goodwin Distinguished professor Purdue University, 1992. Member American Society of Civil Engineers (honorary), International Association Bridge & Structural Engineering, Strucural Stability Research Council, American Academy Mech., American Concrete Institute, American Institute Steel Construction, National Academy Engineering, Academia Sinica.


Chen, Wai-Fah was born on December 23, 1936 in Chekiang, China.


Bachelor of Science, National Cheng-Kung University University, 1959. Master of Science, Lehigh University, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy, Brown University, 1966.


From assistant professor to professor civil engineering Lehigh University, 1966-1976. Professor civil engineering Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, 1976-1992, head structural engineering, 1980-1999, George E. Goodwin distinguished professor, 1992-1999. Dean engineering University Hawaii, Honolulu, 1999—2006, research professor, since 2006.

Consultant Exxon Products, 1979, Karagozian & Case Structural Engineers, 1985, Georgia Technology, 1987, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1987, World Bank, since 1988.


Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (honorary), Academia Sinica, National Academy Engineering, American Institute Steel Construction, American Concrete Institute, American Academy Mechanical, Structural Stability Research Council, International Association Bridge & Structural Engineering.


Married Lily Chen; children: Eric, Arnold, Brian.

Lily Chen

Brian Chen

Eric Chen

Arnold Chen