Published December 14, 2021
Associate Professor James Chen has been elected to the class of 2022 associate fellows by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
AIAA associate fellows are chosen based on their accomplishments or leadership in important engineering and scientific work. Nominees must be an AIAA senior member in good standing with at least 12 years of professional experience.
“Congratulations to each member of the Class of 2022 Associate Fellows,” said AIAA President Basil Hassan. “This distinguished group of individuals exemplify passion and dedication to advancing the aerospace profession. Each of them was selected because of their significant and lasting contributions to the field. They are truly shaping the future of aerospace.”
A faculty member at UB since 2018, Chen’s research interests include fundamental theories and numerical simulation for different physical problems across multiple spatial and temporal scales, including turbulence, high speed aerodynamics and triboelectricity. He directs the Multiscale Computational Physics Lab at UB.
"James has contributed greatly to the department in a short period of time, most recently as a co-investigator that established the Department of Energy Center for Hybrid Rocket Exascale Simulation Technology (CHREST)," said Francine Battaglia, professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. "James’ election to AIAA fellow reinforces his accomplishments, and is a testament of the outstanding faculty that work in MAE."
Chen was also recognized earlier this year with a 2021 Rising Star Award from the Electrostatics Society of America for his "significant contributions to the field of electrostatics."
The newest class of associate fellows will be formally recognized and inducted in San Diego on January 3 during the 2022 AIAA SciTech Forum.