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Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

UMass Lowell Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Julie Chen
Julie ChenVice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Professor, Co-Director
  • CollegeFrancis College of Engineering
  • DepartmentMechanical Engineering
  • EmailJulie_Chen@uml.edu

Research Interests

Composite Materials, Nanomanufacturing.

Deformation of fibrous and textile structures, affordable composites manufacturing, novel textile architectures, impact and crashworthiness, and nano-composites.

Education

  • Ph D: Mechanical Engineering, (1991), Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: The Application of Continuum Mechanics to the Stochastic Modeling of Fracture in Fiber-Fiber Composites
  • MS: Mechanical Engineering, (1988), Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Three-Strand Rope Behavior in Tension and Torque
  • BS: Mechanical Engineering, (1986), Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Contact Stress Measurement in an Interface Separation Apparatus

Awards and Honors

  • Pi Tau Sigma - Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
  • Sigma Xi - Scientific Research Society
  • Tau Beta Pi - Engineering Honor Society
  • UML Student Government Association Exceeding Excellence in Teaching Award. (2009) - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Invited Participant (2008) - NSF workshop on Grand Challenges in Bio and Nanomanufacturing
  • Invited Testimony (2008) - Committee on Science and Technology.
  • Invited Testimony (2008) - Subcommittee on Research and science Education
  • Invited Testimony (2008) - The Transfer of National Nanotechnology Initiative Research Outcomes for Commercial and Public Benefits .
  • Invited Testimony (2008) - US House of Representatives
  • UMass Lowell Mechanical Engineering Department Teaching Award (2008) - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • (2005) - National Academy of Engineering ,German -American Frontiers of Engineering Program.
  • Invited Participant (2002) - NSF-EC Workshop on Nanomanufacturing and Processing (San Juan,PR)
  • Invited Participant (2002) - US-Italy Workshop on Nanomaterials(Washington,DC)
  • (2002) - National Academy of Engineering.
  • (2001) - Editorial Advisory Board
  • (2001) - International Advisory Board
  • (2001) - NSF Workshop(Lowell,MA).
  • UMass Lowell Engineering Student Council Outstanding Teacher Award (2000) - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • (1999) - International Advisory Committee.
  • UMass -Lowell Mechanical Engineering Department Teaching Award. (1999) - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Distinguished Lecture (1998) - International Conference on Composites Engineering (ICCE/5).
  • Invited Participant (1998) - First Korea-US Seminar on Composite Materials.
  • Boston University Engineering Professor of the Year (1994) - Boston University
  • GTE Academic All-American (1986)
  • MIT Senior Scholar Athlete (1986)
  • Xerox Corporation Scholarship (1984) - Undergraduate Engineering Scholarship
  • Digital Equipment Corporation Scholarship (1983) - Undergraduate Engineering Scholarship
  • Presidential Scholar (1982)

Publications

  • Sherwood, J.A., Cao, J., Boisse, P., Willems, A., Akkerman, R., Harrison, P., Leutz, D., Fetfatsidis, K., Peng, X., Khan, M.R., Mabrouki, T., Lomov, S., Vanclooster, K., Bel, S., Chen, J., Lee, W., Mitchell, C. () "Benchmark Study of Finite Element Models for Simulating the Thermostamping of Woven-Fabric Reinforced Composites," Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
  • Niezrecki, C., Avitabile, P., Chen, J., Sherwood, J.A., Lundstrom, T., LeBlanc, B., Hughes, S., Desmond, M., Beattie, A., Rumsey, M., Klute, S., Pedrazzani, R., Werlink, R., Newman, J. (2014) "Inspection and Monitoring of Wind Turbine Blade-Embedded Wave Defects During Fatigue Testing," Structural Health Monitoring 13:6 pp. 629-643
  • Wu, N., Zhang, Y., Schmit, T., Niezrecki, C., Chen, J., Wang, X. (2014) "Theoretical design of an ultra-high pressure fiber optic transducer," ISCIE/ASME 2014 International Symposium on Flexible Automation (ISFA2014)
  • LeBlanc, B., Niezrecki, C., Avitabile, P., Chen, J., Sherwood, J.A. (2013) "Damage detection and full surface characterization of a wind turbine blade using three-dimensional digital image correlation," Structural Health Monitoring 12:5-6 pp. 430-439
  • Niezrecki, C., Avitabile, P., Chen, J., Sherwood, J., Lundstrom, T., LeBlanc, B., Hughes, S., Desmond, M., Beattie, A., Rumsey, M., Klute, S.M., Werlink, R., Newman, J. (2013) "Inspection and Monitoring of Wind Turbine Blade Embedded Defects During Fatigue Testing," Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring
  • Fetfatsidis, K.A., Jauffres, D., Sherwood, J.A., Chen, J. (2013) "Characterization of the tool/fabric and fabric/fabric friction for woven-fabric composites during the thermostamping process," International Journal of Material Forming 6:2 pp. 209 - 221
  • Fetfatsidis, K.A., Gamache, L.M., Gorczyca, J.L., Sherwood, J.A., Jauffres, D., Chen, J. (2013) "Design of an apparatus for measuring tool/fabric and fabric/fabric friction of woven-fabric composites during the thermostamping process," International Journal of Material Forming 6:1 pp. 1 - 11
  • Damplo, M., Niezrecki, C., Willis, D.J., Chen, J., Niemi, E.E., Agnihotra, S., Manohar, S., Desabrais, K., Charette, C. (2013) "Investigation of sensing textiles for intelligent parachute systems," AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems (ADS) Conference 2013
  • Zou, X., Wu, N., Tian, Y., Niezrecki, C., Chen, J., Wang, X.b. (2013) "Rapid miniature fiber optic pressure sensors for blast wave measurements," Optics and Lasers in Engineering 51:2 pp. 134-139
  • Zou, X., Wu, N., Tian, Y., Zhang, Y., Fitek, J., Maffeo, M., Niezrecki, C., Chen, J., Wang, X.b. (2013) "Ultrafast Fabry-Perot fiber-optic pressure sensors for multimedia blast event measurements," Applied Optics 52:6 pp. 1248-1254
  • Gu, Z., Cui, Q., Chen, J., Buckley, J., Ando, T., Erdeniz, D., Wong, P., Hadjiafxenti, A., Epaminonda, P., Gunduz, I., Rebholz, C., Doumanidis, C. (2013) "Fabrication, characterization and applications of novel nanoheater structures," Surface and Coatings Technology 215: pp. 493-502
  • Damplo, M., Niezrecki, C., Willis, D.J., Chen, J., Niemi, E.E., Agnihotra, S., Manohar, S., Desabrais, K., Charette, C. (2012) "Sensing of electrically conductive textiles and capacitance sensor-embedded fabrics for parachutes," Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering 8345:
  • LeBlanc, B., Niezrecki, C., Avitabile, P., Sherwood, J.A., Chen, J. (2012) "Surface stitching of a wind turbine blade using digital image correlation," Springer New York 6: pp. 277-284
  • LeBlanc, B., Niezrecki, C., Avitabile, P., Chen, J., Sherwood, J.A., Hughes, S. (2011) "Full-field inspection of a wind turbine blade using three-dimensional digital image correlation," SPIE 7979: pp. The Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE); American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Jauffres, D., Fetfatsidis, K., Morris, C., Sherwood, J.A., Chen, J. (2009) "Mesoscopic finite element modelling of woven reinforcements applied to sheet moulding compound forming simulation," International Committee on Composite Materials pp. Office of Naval Research Science and Technology (ONR); INSTRON; ELSEVIER; Vestas; AIRBUS
  • Li, X., Sherwood, J.A., Liu, L., Chen, J. (2004) "A material model for woven commingled glass-polypropylene composite fabrics using a hybrid finite element approach," Inderscience Enterprises Ltd 21: pp. 59-70
  • Gorczyca, J.L., Sherwood, J.A., Liu, L., Chen, J. (2004) "Modeling of friction and shear in thermostamping of composites - Part I," SAGE Publications Ltd 38: pp. 1911-1929
  • Chen, J. (2004) "Modeling of Friction and Shear in Thermostamping of Composites - Part II," J. Composite Materials 38:21 pp. 1931-1947

Intellectual Property

  • Patent - Chen, J., "Nanoheater Elements, Systems and Methods of thereof," US/2007/017524 United States

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • ADVANCE Institutional Transformation at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (2016), Grant - National Science Foundation
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J. (Co-Principal), Bond, M.A. (Co-Principal), Moloney, J. (Principal), Ruths, M. (Co-Principal), Chen, J. (Co-Principal)
  • Facilitating Industry By Engineering, Roadmapping and Science (FIBERS) to Advance (2014), Grant - National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Hansen, C.J. (Co-Principal), Sherwood, J.A. (Principal), Reynaud, E. (Co-Principal), Gorczyca, J.L. (Co-Principal), Chen, J. (Co-Principal)
  • Collaborative Research: Institutional Networks and Continuous Learning to UnDo E (2012), Grant -
    Chen, J. (Co-Principal)
  • World Association for Cooperative Education (2011), Grant -
    Chen, J. (Principal)
  • Collaborative Research: Microscale Joining Using Nanoheater Structures (2010), Grant -
    Chen, J. (Co-Principal)
  • Automotive Lightweight Composite Structures with Embedded Communications (2010), - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
    Chen, J. (Co-Principal)
  • RES - ASTM TESTING SERVICES (2010), Contract - DEFENSE ADV RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY
    Chen, J. (Principal)
  • ARRA - Effect of Manufacturing-Induced Defects on Reliability of Wind Turbine Bl (2009), Grant -
    Chen, J. (Principal)
  • Manufacture of Semi-Permeable Coatings on Textiles (2009), Grant - EIC Labs (Army SBIR Phase II)
    Chen, J.
  • Industrial Safety of Nanoheaters (2007), Grant -
    Chen, J. (Principal)
  • NSF Summer Institute (Income Account) (2009), -
    Chen, J. (Principal)
  • Drape Analysis of an SMC Structural Floor Plan (2008), - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
    Chen, J. (Principal)
  • (2007), - National Science Foundation
    Kurup, P.U. (Co-Principal), Niezrecki, C. (Principal), Chen, J., Sherwood, J.A., Avitabile, P.