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In celebration of 50 years of scholarship and service at the University of Delaware

Tsu-Wei Chou

Unidel Pierre S. du Pont Chair of Engineering

Friday, October 18, 2019 Audion in The Tower at STAR Campus

Tsu-Wei Chou EDUCATION Ph.D., Stanford University, 1969 (Materials Science) M.S., Northwestern University, 1966 (Materials Science) B.S., National Taiwan University, 1963 (Civil Engineering)

APPOINTMENTS – UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE 1969- Faculty, Department of Mechanical Engineering 1985-90 Program Director, National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center 1986-98 Co-PI, University Research Initiative Center-Army Research Office 1989-02 Jerzy L. Nowinski Professor of Mechanical Engineering 1999-00 Acting Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering 2000-04 Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering 2003- Unidel Pierre S. du Pont Chair of Engineering

VISITING POSITIONS 1975-76 Visiting Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory 1976 Senior Visiting Research Fellow, British Science Research Council 1977 Visiting Professor, The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa 1981 Visiting Professor, National Commission for the Investigation of Space, Buenos Aires, Argentina 1983 Visiting Professor, DFVLR-Germany Aerospace Research Establishment, KĂśln, Germany 1983 Liaison Scientist, London Branch Office, U. S. Office of Naval Research 1990 Visiting Professor, Tongji University, China 1990 Visiting Professor, Tokyo Science University, Japan 1997 Visiting Professor, Industrial Research Institute, Nagoya, Japan 3

Biography Tsu-Wei was born in Shanghai on the Chinese mainland and grew up in Taiwan. He received his BS degree in Civil Engineering from the National Taiwan University in 1963. While receiving the required year-long reserved officer training, Tsu-Wei pondered about his future of advanced studies. A friend of his in the US sent him a catalogue from the Materials Science Department of Northwestern University and told him about this relatively new field in US universities. The potential of understanding the microstructure-property relationship of metallic materials fascinated him. To this date, Tsu-Wei still wonders why Northwestern decided in 1964 to give the prestigious Walter P. Murphy Fellowship to a student 7,479 miles away without much background in metallurgy. But, he has always appreciated the life-changing opportunity given to a foreign student who is willing to work hard. After completing his MS thesis, Tsu-Wei went to Stanford in 1966 to pursue his PhD in theoretical studies of crystalline defects in metallic materials. The next important transition in Tsu-Wei’s academic career came in the spring of 1969 when the late Prof. Jerry Schultz of Chemical Engineering, then a visiting professor at Stanford, invited Tsu-Wei to apply for a position at UD in Mechanical Engineering and the Materials and Metallurgy Program. The opportunity to teach in both disciplines was challenging and attractive. After graduating from Stanford in the spring of ’69, Tsu-Wei spent three months as a post-doctoral fellow at the then newly established Materials Research Center of Allied Chemical Corp. in Morristown, NJ with Profs. James Li and J J Gilman, where he learned of 4

the new defects termed disclinations and dispirations. The salary earned during the summer enabled Tsu-Wei and Vivian to buy their first new car, in which they drove to Newark in late August, for the beginning of TsuWei’s first full time job. At UD, Tsu-Wei thoroughly enjoyed the support and encouragement given to a junior faculty by Jack Vinson, Irv Greenfield, Ernie Birchenal, Jack Kramer and Jerry Schultz. It was almost from the very beginning that Tsu-Wei was motivated by Prof. Vinson’s vision and enthusiasm in composite materials. They co-taught an introductory course and coauthored a text book on composite materials. Both the book and course were among the earliest in the country. It was also due to Vinson’s vision and leadership that Tsu-Wei participated in the founding of the worldrenowned Center of Composite Materials (CCM) in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UD in 1974. Tsu-Wei was particularly proud of his contribution to the NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) in 1984, led by Prof. Byron Pipes, and his service as CoPI with Prof. Roy McCollough to the University Research Initiative (URI) Center sponsored by the Army Research Office (ARO) in 1985. Both centers affirmed the leadership position of UD in composites manufacturing research. Another highlight of Tsu-Wei’s scholarly work at UD is his pursuit in international collaboration by taking advantage of sabbatical leaves. For the first part of the 15-month leave in 1975-76, he was a Visiting 5

Biography cont. Scientist at the Argonne National Lab. He and Vivian’s second child was born in Hinsdale, IL during this visit. The second part of the leave was supported by the British Science Research Council to Tsu-Wei as a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Surrey in Gilford, England. During this visit, he worked with Prof. Anthony Kelly, who was the Vice Chancellor at the university and well known as a pioneer in composites research in the UK. Tsu-Wei’s collaboration with composites researchers in the UK and continental Europe was further broadened during his second sabbatical in 1982-83, when he first served as a Liaison Scientist at the London Branch Office of the US Office of Naval Research, and then as a Visiting Prof. at DFVLR-Germany Aerospace Research Establishment in Köln, Germany, collaborating with Prof. Karl Schulte. Subsequent sabbatical leaves enabled Tsu-Wei to visit institutions in Japan, China and Korea. The sequence of sabbaticals reflected the evolution of composites research in Europe and Asia in the past five decades. The composites technology assessments Tsu-Wei conducted for ONR in Europe, and in Russia and Japan for ARO were most enlightening. Also, Tsu-Wei was a delegate of ASME for the first visit to the former Soviet Union in 1989. During the past five decades, Tsu-Wei has authored over 380 archival journal papers and book chapters in materials science, applied mechanics, fiber composites and nanocomposites with total Google Scholar Citations of over 37,000. Besides the book Composite Materials and Their Use 6

in Structures (Elsevier Applied Science, London, 1975) co-authored with Jack Vinson, Tsu-Wei is the author of Microstructural Design of Fiber Composites, published by Cambridge University Press, England in 1992 (paper back, 2005). The book on Textile Structural Composites he co-authored and co-edited with Frank Ko (Elsevier Science Publisher, Amsterdam, 1988) was translated into Russian (Mockba, Moscow, 1991). Tsu-Wei considers his most significant contribution to the international composites community to be the numerous students and researchers he had the pleasure to interact with as well as his service as North American Editor then Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Composites Science and Technology since 1985. He has been recognized by ISI as one of the "Highly Cited Researchers" in the world and named among the top 100 materials scientists (ranked 34th) of the past decade (2000-2010) by Times Higher Education.


Lunch & Symposium Friday, October 18, 2019 Audion in The Tower at STAR Campus Newark, DE 19711


Lunch 1:00–1:15pm

Welcome 1:15–1:50pm

Dr. Karl Schulte

Professor and Former Head of Institute of Polymers and Composites of Hamburg University of Technology “Controlling Mechanical and Electrical Properties of Polymer Composites with Carbon Based Fillers”


Dr. Michael Wisnom

Professor of Aerospace Structures and Director of Advanced Composites Center for Innovation and Science, University of Bristol, England, U.K. “High Performance Ductile and Pseudo-Ductile Composites”



Dr. Byung L. (“Les”) Lee

Program Manager, Air Force Office of Scientific Research “Multifunctional Design of Bio-Inspired Engineering Structures: Critical Issues”


Coffee/Tea Break 3:15–3:50pm

Dr. Brian Wardle

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Raymond L. Bisplinghoff Faculty Fellow, MIT “Literally Big Nano: Hierarchical Nanoengineered Advanced Composites for Enhanced Mechanical and Multifunctional Performance”


Dr. Amanda Wu

Research Scientist, Material Science Division, Lawrence Livermore National Lab “Advancing Polymer Composites and Metallurgical Science Using Additive Manufacturing Technologies”


Open Podium 9

Honors and Awards 1970-71 Frederick Gardner Cottrell Fellowship, Research Corporation 1976 Senior Visiting Research Fellowship, British Science Research Council 1986-87 Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Delaware 1989-02 Jerzy L. Nowinski Professor, University of Delaware 1994 Honorary Professor, Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics, China 1996 Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers 1997 Honorary Professor, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China 1998 Distinguished Research Award, American Society for Composites 1998 Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers 1999 Fellow, ASM International 2001 Fellow, American Society for Composites 2001 Francis Alison Medal, University of Delaware 2002 Fellow, American Ceramic Society 2002 Highly Cited Researchers, ISI 2002 Worcester Reed Warner Medal, ASME 2003- Unidel Pierre S. du Pont Chair of Engineering, University of Delaware 2005 Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 2008 Fellow, The Mineral, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) 2009 Medal of Excellence in Composite Materials, University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials 2011 Named among top 100 materials scientists of the decade (2000-2010) by Times Higher Education (ranked 34th) 2011 World Fellow, International Committee on Composite Materials 2013 Foreign Expert, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xinjiang 2013 Honorary Professor, Tongji University, Shanghai, China 2013 Nadai Medal, ASME 2014 ASC/DEStech Award in Composites, American Society for Composites 2015 Honorary Professor, Southwest Jiaotong University, China 2017 Albert Sauveur Achievement Award, ASM International 2018 Honorary Advisor of the Innovation Center for Advanced Nanocomposites, SINANO, CAS, Suzhou, China. 10


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Tsu-Wei Chou, 50 years of scholarship and service  

Celebrating Tsu-Wei Chou, Unidel Pierre S. du Pont Chair of Engineering Friday October 18, 2019

Tsu-Wei Chou, 50 years of scholarship and service  

Celebrating Tsu-Wei Chou, Unidel Pierre S. du Pont Chair of Engineering Friday October 18, 2019