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After obtaining his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University with Highest Honors, Stuart Chen was employed for four years in design-build steel fabrication with Frazier Steel in Long Valley, NJ. First as Design Engineer and subsequently as Chief Engineer of Standard Products, he was performed structural design and engineering of steel storage rack systems and rack-supported warehouse buildings to meet all applicable guidelines, codes and specifications to hold the storage, impact, wind and seismic loads and inter­face satisfactorily with other equipment as part of material handling systems. In addition, he reviewed shop drawings in a setting where to overlook errors was to incur many dollars of rework costs. As Chief Engineer he was also responsible for developing and upgrading fabrication standards to be maintained at a number of diverse subcontractor steel fabricator sites across the country, developing and refining structural concepts, and designing and carrying out test procedures and reporting of physical prototype testing of structural components. He developed a system for coordinating the Engineering department sched­ules with fabrication schedules and implemented a standard set of guidelines for checking draw­ings to minimize errors and ensure clarity for fabrication and construction purposes in a setting where design for accelerated steel fabrication and erection constructibility was of paramount concern.

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, University at Buffalo/SUNY
Title Sponsor(s)
Expert System for Steel Bridge Superstructure Inspection And Evaluation Research and Innovative Technology Administration / USDOT (RITA)