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Qingyan Chen

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Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering
West Lafayette, IN 47907


Chen is a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University and a Principal Director of the National Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Research in the IntermodalTransport Environment (RITE). He has been working in the thermo-fluid aspect of mechanical engneering. His current research topics include indoor environment, aircraft cabin environment, and energy-efficient, healthy, and sustainable building design and analysis. He is actively involved in the fundamental research in turbulent flow and heat transfer and its applications in the HVAC industry. Chen has published over 200 journal and conference papers, and has been invited to deliver over 80 lectures internationally. Currently, Chen teaches thermodynamics and indoor environment design and analysis. He also serves as a consultant for the HVAC and building industry. 

He earned his B.Eng. in 1983 from Tsinghua University and M.Eng. in 1985 and Ph.D. in 1988 from the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). He did his post-doctoral research as a Research Scientist at ETH-Zurich from 1989 through 1991 and worked as a Project Manager for TNO. Before he joined Purdue University in July 2002, he was a faculty member at TU Delft and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

In recent years, Chen has received several Technical Paper and Poster awards and Distinguished and Exceptional Service Awards from ASHRAE. He also received Willis J. Whitfield Award "for significant contributions to the field of contamination control through numerous published papers, studies, and reports" from the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology and CAREER award from the US National Science Foundation. He is a fellow of ASHRAE and ISIAQ and served as an associate editor or in the editorial boards of seven journals before he becomes the editor of journal "Building and Environment".  

Expertise: Indoor and outdoor airflow modeling by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and measurements, Building ventilation systems, Indoor air quality (IAQ), Energy analysis



Degrees: B.Eng., Tsinghua University, 1983 

M.Eng., Delft University of Technology, 1985 
Ph.D., Delft University of Technology, 1988


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