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Alumnus Honored by Acta Annual Student Award, Acta Journals

August 30, 2016

Wen Chen (PhD 2015, Engineering and Applied Science) has won an Acta Student Award for his paper, “Does the fracture toughness of bulk metallic glasses scatter?” published in Scripta Materialia. Acta is a prestigious, peer-reviewed publishing group that also includes Acta Materialia and Acta Biomaterialia. This prize is intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose work demonstrates exceptional value to the materials community evaluated by a team of editors of The Acta Journals. The prize will be presented at the Materials Science and Technology conference in October.

Chen is currently a postdoctoral research staff member at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. His dissertation, advised by Jan Schroers, focuses on the microstructure-property-processing relationships in metallic glasses. He earned his undergraduate degree from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China, and his M.Phil degree in industrial and systems engineering from Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Chen's research explores the mechanical behavior of materials, metallic glasses, and advanced alloy development. He serves as a peer reviewer for many prestigious journals including Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, Applied Physics Letters, Scientific Reports, APL Materials, Journal of Applied Physics, Composites Science and Technology, and he was awarded “Outstanding Reviewer” by several top journals including Materials Science and Engineering:A, Materials Science and Engineering: B, and Materials Letters. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal papers, including two that were rated as “ScienceDirect Top25 Hottest Articles” by Elsevier.