Dr. Ken P Chong（张建平）
Prof. KEN P. CHONG, P.E.earnedhisPh.D. in Mechanics from Princeton University.Hehas beenthe Engineering Advisor and Director ofMechanics and Materialsfor the past 21 yearsat theNational Science Foundation [NSF]. He was the Interim Division Directorat NSFin 2005. He retired from NSF in 2010.Currently he is associated with NIST and the George Washington University, writing a text book; editing an Elsevier structures journal, a new Taylor & Francis journal of Smart and Nano Materials and a Spon book series; serving on university boards, doing lectures, research, consulting, etc.He specializes in solid-mechanics/materials, nano-mechanics, and structural mechanics, including nano-technology, green engineering and sustainability.At NSF in addition to managing 120 university research projects in mechanics/materials, he has been involved in the development of civil infrastructure systems, model-based simulation, non-destructive evaluation, structural control, durability and accelerated tests, life-cycle engineering, nano science and engineering, and other initiatives; established the NSF Summer Institute on Nano Mechanics/Materials at Northwestern University; co-created a new NSF program in Nano- & Bio-Mechanics and founded the Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series involving numerous Nobel laureates and distinguished speakers.
After he graduated from Princeton he was a senior research engineer at the National Steel Corp. for 5 years, during whichhe worked on building systems and pioneered the R&D ofarchitecturalsandwich-panel.Prior to joining NSF, he wasa professorand chair of solid mechanics/structures at the University of Wyoming for 15 years;developed new semi-circular fracture specimens for brittle materials; built up graduate programs, experimental and computer facilities; developed new research programs funded by ERDA, DOE, DOD, NSF, AMF, etc and new courses; established joint seminars with Rocky Mountain universities. His experimental research on sweet spots in the70’s changed the design of tennis rackets. He has published 200 plus technical papers and authored several books including 2 textbooks on mechanics by Wiley, currently in 3rdand 2ndeditions.
He has given50 keynote lectures, received awards including the fellow of AAM,ASME,SEM, USACMand ASCE;Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award; Honorary Doctorate, Shanghai Univ.;DistinguishedMember, ASCE;NCKU Distinguished Alumnus Award; ASME2011 Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Award,and theNSF highest Distinguished Service Award.He has been a visiting professor at MIT, U. of Washington – Seattle, U. of Houston, Dalian U. of Technology, Tsinghua U.; honorary professor at U. of Hong Kong, HK PolyU, Shanghai U. and others.He was invited by the founding President Prof. C. W. Woo as an academic consultant for theHong Kong Univ. of Science & Technology, 1988-89, involved in the planning and design of the major modern research university. The university is now ranked No.17 intechnology globally in the recentTimes Higher Education Supplement.He delivered theMindlin Lectureat Columbia University in 2005 and the Sadowsky Lecture at RPI in 2006. He was a US delegate at theUS-Israel Workshop on Sustainable Buildings, July 2010, Technion, Haifa, Israel. He was a facilitator of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council in 2010 to develop a major initiative on sustainability.