Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, 2019
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, 2014
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, 2011
Academic Appointments
  • Teaching Assistant, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, 2014 – 2015
Professional Affiliations
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

Dr. Chen's areas of expertise include solid mechanics, soft tissue biomechanics, experimental testing, and computational modeling. He has applied his knowledge to evaluate the biomechanics of soft tissue and potential for soft tissue injuries. Specifically, Dr. Chen has applied his experimental skills to collect soft tissue mechanical behavioral data from tensile tests and soft tissue microstructural data from image analyses. 

Dr. Chen has also utilized his computational skills to model human soft tissue response to mechanical loading under different scenarios to investigate its nonlinear anisotropic behavior, and further to better understand injury mechanisms related to pressure ulcers and childbirth.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Chen was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Departments at Michigan State University. During this time, Dr. Chen used a multibody dynamic modeling approach to investigate neonatal birth injuries like brachial plexus palsy. He also developed biofidelic computational models to better understand maternal birth injuries like pelvic floor injuries and coccyx pain.

Dr. Chen has over 10 years of experience in original research, publishing papers, and presenting research at conferences. Dr. Chen also has expertise in study design, protocol development, statistical analysis, and computational programming.