Title: From Singular Integral Equations to Real-Life Applications
An industrial perspective how the university and graduate education prepares one for the future career using my personal journey as a vehicle. I will first give an overview of what I did at the University of Virginia, and then what I did subsequently in the structural design firm of Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP in New York City, the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia, and finally what I am presently doing at the Baltimore Aircoil Company. At first glance, the industrial activities seem very different from my studies and research at UVa. Yet, the foundation and analytical skills acquired during my PhD studies were critical for the long-term fulfillment and happiness in my career. It is important to be curious about everything around you and be open to a lifelong learning experience. You never know what you will learn and see today, and how you will benefit from this tomorrow, and expand you comfort
About the speaker
Linfeng Chen was born in Quzhou City, China. He came to the University of Virginia in 2002 to pursue his graduate studies under Prof. Pindera’s supervision. Dr. Chen’s research focused on elasticity, mechanics of composites, and fracture and contact mechanics. Three years and eight months later he obtained his PhD degree in Applied Mechanics. After graduation, he worked as a Senior Engineer at the structural Consulting firm of Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP in New York City for two years where he contributed to over twenty projects on structural design of buildings and retrofits. In December of 2008, he returned to Virginia and accepted the position of a Project Engineer with the FHWA Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia. There, he performed research on high performance materials for bridge structural elements and conducted 3D finite-element analysis of a variety of structural elements and systems, including concrete, steel, soil, and composites. Two major projects included Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) and I-35W Bridge Collapse/Gusset Plates. In 2010 Dr. Chen accepted the position of a structural engineer with the Baltimore Aircoil Company (BAC) headquartered in Jessup, Maryland. He presently serves as a global structural expert in design, rating, and qualification of BAC cold-formed steel cooling tower products in all of BAC’s global regions (North America, European Union, China, Australia, South Africa). During his career with BAC, Dr. Chen developed rating methodologies and generated wind and seismic ratings of BAC’s cooling tower product lines, developed the first BAC Global Structural Design Manual, and assisted in the development of the first BAC Structural Design Standard. He planned and executed shake table certification, lifting lug tests, and screw connection tests. He has been promoted from Advanced Structural Engineer, to Project Engineer, Senior Project Engineer, and finally Principal Engineer in the last seven years. He has been an active and voting member in the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) since 2012. In his leisure time, he enjoys cub scouting, kayaking, and camping. This year he is finally learning how to sail following the advice of Prof. Pindera some ten years ago!
Linfeng Chen, PhD, SE, PE, Principal Engineer
Structures and Regulations, Baltimore Aircoil Company