Lei Chen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Lei Chen
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Mechanical Engineering
3049 Engineering Lab Building | 4901 Evergreen Road | Dearborn, MI 48128

Teaching Areas:

Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Biography and Education

Dr. Lei Chen joins the University of Michigan-Dearborn from Mississippi State University. His research interests are in the broad area of advanced manufacturing and materials design, with a focus on additive manufacturing of metals and piezoelectric composites. Dr. Chen has published over 70 papers in top international journals including Nature, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Acta Materialia, Additive Manufacturing, etc. and has received a number of awards, the most recent of which are the prestigious ASEE Southeastern Section New Researcher Award (2018) and ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (2017).


Ph.D., National University of Singapore, 2012

M.S., Huazhong University of Science & Technology, 2007

B.S., Huazhong University of Science & Technology, 2005


Teaching and Research


  • computational materials 
  • advanced manufacturing 
  • mechanics
  • energy systems

Awards and Recognition

Southeastern Section New Researcher Award, ASEE, 2018

Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, ORAU, 2017