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In Memory of

Ching-Jen Chen

July 6, 1936 - June 2, 2017

Obituary


Ching-Jen ("CJ" or "Marty") Chen passed away on June 2, 2017 He was 80. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ruei-Man, his children Sandy (Chen) Kluth and Tony Chen and his five grandchildren.

CJ was born in Taipei, Taiwan to Yen-Ti Chen and I-soong Chen and was the second of six children. He graduated from the Taiwan Institute of Technology in 1957 and came to the United States in 1960. He received a masters in Mechanical Engineering at Kansas State University in 1962, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Case...

Ching-Jen ("CJ" or "Marty") Chen passed away on June 2, 2017 He was 80. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ruei-Man, his children Sandy (Chen) Kluth and Tony Chen and his five grandchildren.

CJ was born in Taipei, Taiwan to Yen-Ti Chen and I-soong Chen and was the second of six children. He graduated from the Taiwan Institute of Technology in 1957 and came to the United States in 1960. He received a masters in Mechanical Engineering at Kansas State University in 1962, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Case Western University in 1967. He became a naturalized U.S. Citizen in 1973.

He then moved to Iowa City, Iowa to teach Mechanical Engineering at the University of Iowa. He taught there for 25 years, and eventually served as the department chairman from 1982 - 1992.

In 1992, he was selected to be the dean of Engineering at the joint engineering school of Florida State University and Florida A&M University. As dean he contributed to the expansion of the engineering school campus, the creation of the Challenger Learning Center and investigations into the effects of magnetic fields on human cells.

Over his career he conducted research supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory and many other scientific organizations. He authored or co-authored over 100 books and technical papers, and received 7 patents in blood cell separation technology and fabrication of nanomagnetic particles. And his awards include the Alexander von Humboldt US Senior Scientist Award, ASME's Da Vince Medal for his life time contributions in the area of fluid mechanics and The Department of the Army's Commander's Award for Public Service.

The Chen family would like to thank CJ's friends for their love and support and the Visiting Angels, in particular Ana and Brian, for their dedication and care. A memorial service will be held on July 6 at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, 700 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee 32312. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Big Bend Hospice Foundation https://www.bigbendhospice.org/donate