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Chung-Lung (C.L.) Chen Professor

Chung-Lung (C.L.) Chen is a professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and the director of the Thermal, Fluid & Energy Laboratory at the University of Missouri. Before joining MU in 2011, he was the department manager and founder of Applied Computational Physics and Thermal & Flow Physics at the Teledyne Scientific (formerly the Rockwell Science Center). In this tenure, he worked in close collaboration with industry and academia partners to develop many successful multidisciplinary programs. He led a wide range of paradigm-shift programs in fluid/structure/acoustics, power generation, cooling technology, micro/nano technology and development of multidisciplinary computational technology. Chen’s research has been funded by multiple offices within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, NASA, the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, the National Reconnaissance Office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Rockwell Automation, Rockwell Collins, the Boeing Co., Kimberly Clark, RTI International and Industrial Technology Research Institute. He worked at the NASA Ames Research Center on computational aerodynamics and helicopter rotor flows from 1985 to 1988. He is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and has authored or co-authored more than 120 technical papers, 10 U.S. patents and one book chapter. He received National Chung Kung University’s DAA Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2011.

Technical Focus

  • Thermal management, flow control and microfluidics
  • Power generation and renewable energy
  • Multidisciplinary modeling and integration


  • PhD from University Colorado Boulder
  • MS from University of Colorado Boulder
  • BS from National Cheng Kung University