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Professor Xi Chen


Dr. Xi Chen received his B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Xi'an Jiaotong University in 1994, M.S. in Solid Mechanics from Tsinghua University in 1997, and Ph.D. in Solid Mechanics from Harvard University in 2001 (under the supervision of Prof. John W. Hutchinson). He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University from 2001-2003.

He joined Columbia University in Fall 2003 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to an Associate Professor in winter 2006. He uses multiscale theoretical, experimental, and numerical approaches to investigate various research frontiers in materials addressing challenges in energy and environment, nanomechanics, and mechanobiology.

Specifically in the field of buckling, he is a pioneer to study the spontaneous buckling patterns of thin films on curved substrates, and correlated various buckling morphologies to intriguing patterns observed in various natural and biological systems; he further proposed several three-dimensional mechanical self-assembly techniques based on the spontaneous buckles on curved substrates.

He has published over 180 journal papers with a h-index over 28. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2007, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2008 (nominated by NSF), Outstanding Oversea Young Investigator Award from Chinese Natural Science Foundation in 2009, ASME Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award in 2010, SES Young Investigator Medal in 2011, and ASME Thomas J. R. Hughes Young Investigator Award in 2012. He is also a Changjiang Chair Professor of China, and a World Class University Professor of Korea.

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