Principal Investigator:

Hailong Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Office:  279 RGAN

Tel.: (859)323-8114



Google Scholar Profile

Dr. Hailong Chen completed his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University in 2015. Dr. Chen obtained BS degree in Mechanical Design, Manufacturing and Automation from Shanghai Normal University (China) in 2010, and MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Florida in 2012. Prior to joining UK, Dr. Chen worked as Postdoctoral Computational Scientist at Idaho National Laboratory from 11/2015 to 08/2018.

Dr. Chen's research interests lie in the broad area of computational mechanics & materials, with focus on non-local meshfree methods and their applications.

Dr. Chen is a member of several professional communities, including American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI), United State Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM), and the American Nuclear Society (ANS). Dr. Chen is an Associate Editor of the CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences journal.


Current Group Members:

Graduate students:

Donglai Liu

PhD candidate

Mechanical Engineering

2020.08 - 

Office: 212 RGAN

BS, Mechanical Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, China, 2017

MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky, 2020


Research Topics: Microstructure-based modeling and simulation of materials performance under thermal loads

Di Liu

PhD candidate

Mechanical Engineering

2021.08 - 

Office: 212 RGAN

BS, Mechanical Engineering, Chongqing University, China, 2016

MS, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University, 2018


Research Topics: Modeling HCP polycrystal systems using Lattice Particle Method

Khaleda Akter Maya

PhD student

Mechanical Engineering

2023.08 - 

Office: 212 RGAN

BS, Mechanical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh, 2021


Research Topics: TBD


Former Group Members:

WaiLam Chan


Mechanical Engineering

2018.08 -2022.12

Research Topics:  Peridynamic material correspondence models