Dr. Hsin-Piao Chen is a professor in the CSULB Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. He was previously Associate Professor in the Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics at the Cheng Kung University, Taiwan from 1984-1985 and a consultant to Douglas Aircraft Co.
Dr. Chen received his B.S. degree in Engineering Science from Cheng-Kung University, M.S. degree in Power Mechanical Engineering from Tsing-Hua University, and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Phi-Tau-Phi Scholastic Honor Society, an AIAA senior member, and an active member of ICCE and ASME.
Dr. Chen's area of specialty is in structures and materials, with a special emphasis on the analysis and design of composite structures, finite element analysis, structural design optimization, and aerospace structures. He has been involved in the NASA ICAPS (Innovative Composite Aircraft Primary Structures) and HSR (High Speed Research) programs since inception and conducted both experimental and computational work. He has been funded by the Boeing Co. to develop the technique of nonlinear structural analysis and shape optimization for hole-drilling in the manufacturing process. He was a member of the technical team of the Long Beach Public Safety Structural Seismic Upgrade Project, which is funded via the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. He was the principal investigator of the research project "Characterization and Detection of Delamination in Smart Composite Structures" funded by US Army Research Office to develop a delamination detection methodology using a combined finite element methods, genetic algorithms, and neural network techniques.