Dr. Chien-Pin Chen

Professor Emeritus, CME


301 Sparkman Drive
Engineering Building
Room 117
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Chen has over 25 years of experience in developing computational methodologies and physical models for obtaining solutions to complex multi-physics problems in fluid dynamics, aerothermodynamics, propulsion systems, aero-optics and lab-on-chip micro/nano fluidics. He received PhD in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1984. He is currently the Chair and Professor of Chemical Engineering at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. His awards include University of Alabama Foundation Award for Outstanding Research, American Institute of Aeronautics and Aerospace Outstanding Young Aerospace Engineer of the Year award, multiple NASA Group Achievement Awards, and National Research Council Resident Researcher award. His research in propulsion related areas include liquid jet breakup, atomization, multi-component fuel evaporation, injector design, spray and combustion, aero-thermal environment of hypersonic vehicles, as well as rocket nozzle film cooling problems. Dr. Chen is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has graduated 14 Ph.D. and 22 MS and is currently supervising several graduate students and post-doc associates. His recent major research projects include "Microfluidic Modeling on Lab-on-Chip" (NASA LOCAD 2004-2006), "Lox-Methane Injector Modeling" (NASA 2006-2009), "Density Wave Instability in Regenerating Film Cooling of Lox-Methane Engines" (NASA 2009-2010), "Computational Aero-Optics Simulation Development" (DOD 2010-2013).


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University, 1983
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University, 1980
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University, 1978

Honors & Awards

  • UAH College of Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014.
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow.
  • Australian Institute of High Energetic Materials, Honorary Fellow.
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Associate Fellow.
  • UAH Foundation Award for Outstanding Research, 1998.
  • UAH Outstanding Engineering Faculty of the Year Award, 1997.
  • AIAA Outstanding Young Aerospace Engineer of the Year award, 1986.
  • NASA Group Achievement Award- for Significant achievement in flow process modeling and contributions to the Space Shuttle Main Engine development engine program, 1985.
  • National Academy of Science-National Research Council Resident Research Award, 1984-86.

Recent Publications

  • Samimi Abianeh, O., Chen, C. P. and Cerro, R., "Batch Distillation: The forward and Inverse Problems and Surrogate Fuel Development," Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., Vol. 51, 12435-12488, 2012.

  • Samimi Abianeh, O. and Chen, C. P., "A Discrete Multi-component Fuel Evaporation Model with liquid turbulence effects" Int. J. Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 55, 6897-6907, 2012.

  • Brumback, T. E. and Chen, C. P., "Hybrid Modeling of Homogeneous Gas-Phase Reaction," Monte Carlo Methods and Applications, Vol. 17, pp. 99-116. 2011.

  • Yang, Z., Zhao, X., Zhang, S. and Chen, C. P., "Fluid-Structure Interaction for Flutter Predictions in Transonic and Supersonic Flows," Proc. ASME-JSME-KSME Joint Fluids Engineering Conference, AJK2011-08030, Hamamatsu, Japan, July 24-29, 2011.

  • Movahednejad, E, Ommi, F., Chen, C. P. and S. M. Hosseinalipour, "Application of Maximum Entropy Method for Droplet Size Distribution Prediction using Instability Analysis of Liquid Sheet," Heat and Mass Transfer, vol. 47, pp. 1591-1600, 2011.

  • Lineberry, D., Balasubramanyan, M. S., Chen, C. P. and Landrum, D. B., "Experimental and Numerical Investigation of a Non- axisymmetric Strut Based Ejector," Int. J. Hypersonics, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 181-197, 2010.

  • Balasubramanyan, M. S., Chen, C. P. and Bazarov, V. G., "Design Investigation of a Hydro-mechanical Pulsator for Injector Dynamics Research," Eng. Applications Computational Fluid Mech., vol. 4, pp. 314-325, 2009.

  • Balasubramanyan, M. S. and Chen, C. P. "Modeling Liquid Jet Breakup in High Speed Cross-Flow with Finite Conductivity Evaporation," Int. J. Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 51, pp. 3896-3905, 2008.

  • Trinh, Huu P. and Chen, C. P. and Balasubramanyan, M. S., "Numerical Simulation of Liquid Jet Atomization Including Turbulence Effects," J. Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, Vol. 129, pp. 920-928, 2007.

  • Hung, S. W., Chen, Z. J., Chen, C. P., "Electrokinetics-Induced All Flow Types in Nanoscale Cross-Slot," COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS, ISCM2007, July 30-August 1, 2007, Beijing, China, Tsinghua University Press & Springer.

Faculty and staff can be reached at the numbers shown here. The department number is 256.824.6810 and the departmental fax number is 256.824.6839.