Juh Wah Chen, PhD

Chen, Juh Wah

Title: Engineering Educator
Company: Southern Illinois University
Location: Carbondale, Illinois, United States

Juh Wah Chen, Engineering Educator at Southern Illinois University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership as a professor and educational administrator.

In preparation for his career, Dr. Chen attended the Taiwan College of Engineering, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in 1953. He came to the United States to continue his education at the University of Illinois, where he earned a Master of Science in chemical engineering in 1957 and a PhD in chemical engineering in 1959. Following his graduation, Dr. Chen accepted a position as an assistant professor at Bucknell University, garnering professorial experience until 1965. From there, he transitioned to Southern Illinois University and continued to work as an educator for the remainder of his career at this institution.

Dr. Chen has held varying positions at Southern Illinois University, beginning as an associate professor from 1965 to 1971. Following this, Dr. Chen rose to the rank of a full professor before becoming the chair of the department of thermal and environmental engineers. He served in this position for more than a decade, accepting the post of the associate dean of the college of engineering at Southern Illinois University, which he held from 1985 to 1988. In 1991 and 1992, Dr. Chen employed his experience and knowledge as a distinguished visiting professor to the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. At Southern Illinois University, he continued to serve as a professor in addition to his administrative roles, and concluded his academic career as the dean of the college of engineering from 1989 to 1999.

In addition to his professional pursuits, Dr. Chen has maintained memberships to numerous organizations, including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Chemical Society, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. As a registered professional engineer in the state of Illinois, he holds multiple co-patents in his field and has contributed myriad articles to professional journals. Throughout his career, he has worked hard to develop international engineering education in Eastern European countries during the 1980s and 1990s, and he is proud to have successfully improved the educational facilities and programs. Most importantly, he is proud to have imparted the spirit of continual improvement. Dr. Chen attributes his success to Dr. Max Peters, his PhD advisor and the longstanding dean of engineering at the University of Colorado—under his tutelage, Dr. Chen grew into a more independent, cooperative and successful person and professional.

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