In memoriam

July 20, 2021

CMSE assistant professor Min Chen being remembered

An assistant professor in the Michigan State University College of Engineering is being remembered after passing away on July 18, 2021.

In remembrance of Assistant Professor Min Chen
In remembrance of Assistant Professor Min Chen

Min Chen joined MSU in 2017 in joint appointments to the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Engineering Dean Leo Kempel said her passing is a great sadness for the college.

“Min was a promising faculty member who devoted much of her time to her students - both in courses and individually,” Kempel said. “She was seen as one of our rising stars. She had an exceptional ability to model complex wave dynamics and exploit emerging techniques in data science to discover results that prior to her contributions were opaque.”

Chen was a computational seismologist. Her research focused on developing and applying numerical tools harnessing the power of high-performance computing for seismic full waveform inversion, imaging, and interpretation. One of her goals was to better understand plate tectonic processes and earthquake ruptures using high-resolution seismic images.

She received her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. She then was a postdoctoral research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Rice University.

“She has left us too soon, and all of us who knew her will miss her deeply,” Kempel added.