Professor Julie Chen has taught in the mechanical engineering departments at both UMass Lowell and Boston University and is considered one of the region's leading experts on nanotechnology.
Her interests are in mechanical behaviour and deformation of fibre structures, fibre assemblies and composite materials. Additionally, her work focuses on experimental investigation and analytical modelling of processing such as forming, stamping, energy absorption, fatigue, and failure behaviour of composites as they relate to the fibre architecture and manufacturing defects.
Chen also serves as the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation for the Mass Lowell. This includes overseeing UMass Lowell's $65 million research enterprise, which spans all academic departments and 14 centres and institutes. She is responsible for facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration, the transfer of technology toward applications and ensuring that research partners - which include large corporations and various federal and state agencies - are well served.