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Tsu-Wei Chou named to P.S. du Pont Chair of Engineering
UD President David P. Roselle announces Tsu-Wei Chou as the first recipient of the new P.S. du Pont Chair of Engineering at the dedication ceremony for Du Pont Hall.
Sept. 22, 2002--At the conclusion of dedication ceremonies Sunday for P.S. du Pont Hall, UD President David P. Roselle announced that Tsu-Wei Chou, chairperson of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, will be the first to hold the P.S. du Pont Chair of Engineering. Funded by the Unidel Foundation, the endowed chair honors the memory of industrialist and philanthropist Pierre Samuel du Pont.

“Tsu-Wei Chou is an internationally known researcher and scholar of materials science,” Roselle said. “Dr. Chou was recently named a fellow of the American Society for Composites. The status of fellow is conferred only on those, according to society guidelines, who are ‘distinguished members who have made genuinely outstanding contributions to the composites community through research, practice, education and service.’”

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Chou joined the University faculty in 1969 and was a charter member of the Center for Composite Materials. He is the author of more than 250 archival journal papers and book chapters, as well as several books on composite materials. In 2001, Chou was selected to receive the University’s Francis Alison Award as an outstanding faculty member.

Born in Shanghai, China, Chou graduated from National Taiwan University in 1963, earned a master’s degree at Northwestern University and went on to Stanford University for his doctorate in materials science. Chou’s conducts research in materials science and applied mechanics, including the macrostructure of polymer, metal and ceramic materials. Through an understanding of macrostructures, researchers try to improve existing substances and create new materials. Nanocomposites are his most recent research focus.

A sought-after visiting professor, Chou has lectured and conducted research at a number of institutions around the world, including Argonne National Laboratory, British Science Research Council, University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, National Commission for the Investigation of Space in Argentina, U.S. Office of Naval Research in London, German Aerospace Research Establishment, Tongji University in China, Tokyo Science University and Industrial Research Institute in Japan.

An honorary professor of the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Northwestern Polytechnical University in China, he is the recipient of the Charles Russ Richards Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Distinguished Research Award of the American Society of Composites.

Article by Larry Elveru
Photo by Eric Crossan