Ken P. Chong

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Ken P. Chong (Chinese: 張建平) is a Research Professor at The George Washington University and a former associate at the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST).[1] He was the Engineering Advisor, Interim Division Director and program director of Mechanics and Materials at various times for 21 years at the U.S. National Science Foundation.[1] He has published over 200 refereed papers,[2] and is the author or coauthor of twelve books including "Elasticity in Engineering Mechanics" now in the 3rd edition,{},{} "Intelligent Structures",[3] "Modeling and Simulation-Based Life Cycle Engineering",[4] "Mechanics of Oil Shale" [1], which included fracking and "Materials for the New Millennium".[5][6] He has taught at the University of Wyoming, University of Hong Kong, University of Houston,and George Washington University [] and had been visiting professor at MIT and University of Washington.[5][7]

Chong grew up and obtained high school education at the Queen Elizabeth School, Hong Kong. He pursued higher education for the B.S. degree in Civil Engineering with major in Structures at the Taiwan National Cheng Kung University, and M.S. degree for Structural Mechanics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He also obtained advanced degrees at Princeton University: M.A., M.S. in Engineering, and completed the Ph.D. in Mechanics, 1969.[2] After that he received post-doctoral management training at the Federal Executive Institute, for senior federal executives, Class 221, 1996. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Shanghai University [] in 2004.

His biographical profile is cited in the American Men and Women of Science[8] and in 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).[2] He is also a fellow of AAM [2], SEM [3] and ASCE.[7] as well as a distinguished member of ASCE. He was a visiting professor at MIT in 1988 and University of Washington in 1987. He is a visiting professor at Tsinghua University [4]; an honorary professor in 1981 at the University of Hong Kong [5] as well as the 49th honorary professor at the Harbin Institute of Technology from 2013 [6].

He was a co-founder and honorary editor of the Taylor & Francis Journal of Smart & Nano Materials and Editor of the CRC Press book series Structural Engineering: Mechanics and Design. He has been involved in the planning of the new Hong Kong University of Science and Technology [] in 1988-89. Since 2011 he has been serving on engineering panels at Hong Kong Research Grants Council [7]. He has also been working as an expert panelist with the Hong Kong University Grants Committee [] and the Innovation and Technology Commission [].

He received numerous awards and honors, including the 1997 ASCE Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award [8]; Distinguished Member, ASCE [9]; NCKU Distinguished Alumnus Award [10]; ASME 2011 Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Award [11], and the NSF highest Distinguished Service Award [12]. He delivered the Mindlin Lecture [13] at Columbia University in 2005, the Sadowsky Lecture [14] at RPI in 2006, the Raouf Lecture [15] at the US Naval Academy in 2012, the ASME Thurston Lecture [16] in 2014, and the Distinguished Lecture [17] at the University of Macau in 2015.


  1. ^ a b "Dr. Ken P. Chong". The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). 30 August 2010. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Dr. Ken Chong Named ASME Fellow". The National Science Foundation. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Ken Pin Chong; Shih Chi Liu; J. C. Li (31 December 1990). Intelligent structures. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-1-85166-529-7. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Ken Pin Chong (18 January 2002). Modeling and simulation-based life cycle engineering. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-0-415-26644-4. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Elasticity in Engineering Mechanics". Retrieved 9 September 2011. , Hardcover.
  6. ^ Ken Pin Chong; American Society of Civil Engineers. Materials Engineering Division (June 1996). Materials for the new millennium: proceedings of the Fourth Materials Engineering Conference, Washington, D.C., November 10–14, 1996. American Society of Civil Engineers. ISBN 978-0-7844-0210-8. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "People". Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, The George Washington University. 2011. Archived from the original on 6 September 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Jaques Cattell Press (August 1982). American men & women of science: physical and biological sciences. Bowker. ISBN 978-0-8352-1416-2. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 

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