TIAN (TIM) CHEN

Flexible Structures Laboratory &
Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
MED 0 1726, Station 9
CH-1015, Lausanne
email: tian.chen@epfl.ch
Tel.: +41 78 835 07 23

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Nationality: Canadian
Website: timchen.ca

EDUCATION

Doctor of Sciences, Mechanical and Process Engineering Dec. 2018
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Advisor: Kristina Shea
Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Cum Laude June 2014
Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
Advisor: Pierre Hoogenboom
Bachelor of Applied Science, Engineering Science, Major: Infrastructure Engineering June 2010
University of Toronto, ON, Canada

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Post Doctoral ResearcherJan. 2019 - Present
Flexible Structures Laboratory & Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory
EPFL, Switzerland
Visiting ResearcherJune - Sept. 2017
Daraio Research Group, California Institute of Technology, USA
Graduate Researcher2014 - 2018
Engineering Design and Computing Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Junior Structural Engineer2013 - 2014
Arup, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Junior Structural Designer2010 - 2012
Morrison Hershfield, Toronto, ON, Canada

SUPERVISION

Master Theses
  1. Koh, M., (2017), "Designing Activated Buckling Structures Using FDM 3D Printing".
    Current Position: Research assistant at Gramazio Kohler Research, ETHZ.
  2. Du Pasquier, C., (2017), "Modular Pneumatic Toolkit: an Application of 4D-Printing".
    Current Position: Doctoral candidate at EDAC, ETHZ.
  3. Wagner, M., (2016), "Design of 3D Printed Active Stuctures Using Shape Memory Polymers".
    Current Position: Doctoral candidate at Laboratory of Nanometallurgy, ETHZ.
  4. Liu, J., (2016), "Mechanical Properties of Multi-Material Structures Fabricated with Inkjet 3D Printing".
    Current Position: Omron Automotive Technologies, Inc., Toronto, ON., Canada.
  5. Zimmermann, L., (2015), "Generative Design through the Combination of 3D Shape Grammar and Simulation".
    Current Position: Doctoral candidate at EDAC, ETHZ,
Other Projects
  1. Ebrahimi, R., (2019), "Experimental magnetically actuated shells". In Progress
  2. Ulrich ,L., (2018), "Effect of Poisson's Ratio on Energy trapping Meta-material".
  3. Volk, C., (2018), "Magnetically Controlled Reversible Appendage".
  4. Mueller, M., (2018), "Passively Actuated Photovoltaic Array".
  5. Freitag, J., (2017), "Synthesis of a Reversible SMP for Stereolithography".
  6. Fritzsche, D., (2017), "Shape Transforming Polymer Sheets".
  7. Sesseg, J., (2017), "Synthesis of Light Activated SLA Resin".
  8. Felber, R., (2017), "Light Controlled 3D Printed Rotating Platform".
  9. Koh, M., (2016), "Design and Analysis of 3D Printed Bistable Structures".

TEACHING

Project assistant - Engineering design challenge
STI, EPFL
2019
Teaching Assistant - Engineering Design Optimization
D-MAVT, ETH Zurich
2015 - 2018
Teaching Assistant - CAD and Technical Drawing
D-MAVT, ETH Zurich
2014 - 2015
Teaching Assistant - Structures and Materials
Engineering Science, University of Toronto
2010
Teaching Assistant - Praxis II
Engineering Science, University of Toronto
2009

DISTINCTIONS AND AWARDS

Cum Laude (graduating top 5%)
Delft University of Technology
2014
Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award
University of Toronto
2010
Spirit of Engsci Award
Engineering Science, University of Toronto
2010
Engineering Society Award
Engineering Society, University of Toronto
2010