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Engineering professor receives highest honor for career accomplishments

Philip Chen named fellow for Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

University of Texas at San Antonio


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Philip Chen, professor of electrical engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio, has been named a Fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to intelligent manufacturing systems design and integration.

The grade of Fellow, conferred by IEEE Board of Directors, is the organization's most prestigious award and is reserved for less than one percent of its members that have exhibited an extraordinary record of accomplishments over their career.

With more than 400,000 members in 175 countries, IEEE is the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology in numerous areas including aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications, biomedical engineering, electrical power and consumer electronics.

"It's a great honor to be recognized by peers in my research area and I'm grateful to those who nominated and recommended me for this award," said Chen. "This not only indicates an advancement in my professional career, but also brings honor to UTSA for its recognition and dedication in research, teaching, and service."

Currently, Chen is working with scientists at Southwest Research Institute to develop new ways to monitor the health of aircraft jet engines. He is also the principal investigator of a three-year grant with NASA involving life extension of aircraft engines.

Chen joined UTSA in 2002, and serves as the chair of the department of Electrical Engineering and associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering. He received his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, his master's degree in electrical engineering from The University of Michigan.

He is a member of IEEE Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) society; SMC Treasurer; the founding chair of IEEE SMC Central Texas Section; founding co-chairs of two Technical Committees (System of Systems and Information Assurance); an associate editor of IEEE Systems Journal and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. Additionally, Chen is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies and serves as faculty advisor for Tau Beta Pi Engineering honor society.

Chen joins UTSA Electrical Engineering Professors Mo Jamshidi and G.V.S. Raju as faculty in the College of Engineering who have been selected to serve as IEEE Fellows.


The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the premier institutions of higher education in South Texas and one of the fastest growing universities in the state. One of nine academic universities and six health institutions that comprise the UT System, UTSA is the second largest institution in the system. Celebrating its 37th anniversary, UTSA serves more than 28,300 students enrolled in 63 bachelor's, 43 master's and 20 doctoral degree programs.

Programs are offered through the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, and Sciences, and the Graduate School. A Top 100 Hispanic-serving institution, UTSA is ranked among the top 10. A university of access and excellence, UTSA is committed to research and discovery, teaching and learning, and public service.

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