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For Immediate Release
March 21, 2019

Purdue Fort Wayne 2018–19 Outstanding Research Award Honors Professor of Civil Engineering

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Dong Chen, professor of civil engineering and director of the Argast Family Imaging and Analysis Lab, will receive the Purdue University Fort Wayne 2018–19 Outstanding Research Award on Monday, March 25, at 3 p.m. in the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse Alumni Center on the west side of campus. Chen will then present his lecture, "Research on Producing Cleaner Water and Promoting Sustainable Development." The lecture will be followed by a reception from 4 to 5 p.m.

Chen received a B.S. from Tongji University, an M.S. from Tongji University and Nanyang Technological University, and a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. He joined Purdue Fort Wayne as an assistant professor in 2009. He was promoted to associate professor in 2014 and to professor in 2017.

“Do Good and Do Well in research,” says Chen. “Do Good means doing research that benefits the society and the people, like public health and welfare and sustainable development. Do Well means doing excellent research by contributing to fundamental knowledge and better understanding scientific principles and mechanisms.”

Chen’s areas of research include water and wastewater treatment technologies, water chemistry, nanomaterials, and corrosion science. His research program has been well supported by a wide range of sponsors, including the National Science Foundation, United States Geological Survey, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, the State of Indiana, Purdue Research Foundation, Microsoft, Fort Wayne City Utilities, and other local companies.

The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

The Outstanding Research Award honors a tenured, full-time faculty member for outstanding performance in the area of research, scholarly activity, or creative endeavor. The honoree must have achieved an exceptional record of contributions to the body of knowledge or creative works in his or her discipline(s). The faculty member must also have had great success communicating the results of his or her work to a wide audience. The award is sponsored by The Office of Sponsored Programs.

For additional information, contact Nicole Hahn at 260-481-4106 (office), 260-760-7409 (cell), or nicole.hahn@pfw.edu.

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