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Zhen Chen C.W. LaPierre Professor

Zhen Chen is a C.W. LaPierre Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the Nuclear Engineering Program, as well as an adjunct professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Missouri. He is a recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER grant and a fellow with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Chen spent several years working for the New Mexico Engineering Research Institute and Sandia National Laboratories before joining the MU faculty in 1995. He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council, Sandia National Laboratories, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, General Motors and other funding sources.

Technical Focus

  • Nanotechnology
  • Simulation of structural failure for extreme conditions
  • Multi-physical and multi-scale phenomena in engineering and life science problems


  • PhD and MS from the University of New Mexico
  • BE from Shanghai University