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Genda Chen, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE

Robert W. Abbett Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering

Structural Engineering

Research Interests

  • Structural health monitoring
  • Interface mechanics and deterioration of composite structures
  • Adaptive passive dampers and systems
  • Multi-hazards assessment and mitigation
  • Forensic study, seismic analysis and retrofit
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Bridge engineering

Courses Taught
Low-rise Building Analysis and Design, Reinforced Concrete Design, Structural Analysis, Structural Analysis II, Structural Design of Metals, Structural Health Monitoring, Finite Element Application in Structural Design, Integrated Health Monitoring Systems, Stochastic Theory of Structural Vibration, Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Structural Dynamics

Professional Registration

  • Professional Engineer, California

Recent Industry/Consulting Experience

  • Dr. Chen practiced the seismic design and analysis of highway and long-span bridges with Steinman Consulting Engineers, a New York based bridge consulting firm. He played a major role in the first comprehensive seismic evaluation project in the east coast Queensboro Bridge. (1993-1996)

Major Honors and Awards

  • Missouri S&T Faculty Research Award, (2011)
  • Missouri S&T Inaugural Faculty Research Award, (2009)
  • Joseph H. Senne, Jr. Academy of Civil Engineers Faculty Achievement Award, (2004)
  • America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals, (2003)
  • Who’s Who in America, (2000)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, (1998)


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  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1992
  • M.S. Civil Engineering, Dalian Institute of Technology, China, 1985
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Dalian Institute of Technology, China, 1978