Jiun-Shyan "JS" Chen
J. S. Chen is currently the Inaugural William Prager Chair Professor of Structural Engineering Department, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, and the Director of Center for Extreme Events Research at UC San Diego. Before joining UCSD in October 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. He is the Past President of US Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM) and the Past Present of ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI). He has received numerous awards, including the Computational Mechanics Award from International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM), ICACE Award from International Chinese Association for Computational Mechanics (ICACM), the Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Award from ASME Applied Mechanics Division, the Belytschko Medal, U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM), among others.
WaiChing "Steve" Sun
Dr. WaiChing Sun is an associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University. Sun obtained his B.S. from UC Davis (2005); M.S. in civil engineering (geomechanics) from Stanford (2007); M.A. degree from Princeton (2008); and Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics from Northwestern (2011). Prior to joining Columbia, he was a senior member of technical staff in the mechanics of materials department at Sandia National Laboratories (Livermore, CA). He is the recipient of the John Argyris Award (2020), NSF CAREER Faculty Development Award in 2019, ASCE EMI Leonardo da Vinci Award in 2018, the Zienkiewicz Numerical Methods in Engineering Prize in 2017, US Air Force Young Investigator Program Award in 2017, the Dresden Fellowship in 2016, US Army Young Investigator Program Award in 2015, and the Caterpillar Best Paper Prize in 2013, among others.
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