Biography

Dr. Heng Chi obtained his Ph.D. degree in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests are on novel computational methods for applications such as soft materials and micro-mechanics, topology optimization, machine learning, data-driven designs, and multi-functional metamaterials. Dr. Chi received his B.E. degree in Civil Engineering from Tianjin University in 2011, and his M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014. He is the winner of the 2017 Robert J. Melosh Medal for the Best Student Paper on Finite Element Analysis. He also is the leader of the winning team of the Siemens FutureMakers Challenge at Georgia Tech, where he integrated deep learning with topology optimization to obtain a data-driven design approach.

Education

May 2014 - Dec. 2018

Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Aug. 2011 - May 2014

Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Computational Science and Engineering Diploma
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Aug. 2007 - July 2011

Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering
Tianjin University (China)

Proposal Writing

Helped Dr. Glaucio H. Paulino write the following proposals:

Deep Learning Enhanced Topology Optimization
SIEMENS Corporation 2018

Successful — $140,000

GOALI: Structural Topology Optimization with Multiple Materials and Multiple Constraints – Achieving Innovative and Natural Designs
NSF 2017

Unsuccessful

DFT-informed topology optimization upscaling: An accelerated fixed-point iteration approach
NSF 2016

Successful — $396,126

STRI: Computational Design of Lightweight Multifunctional Materials
NASA 2016

Unsuccessful

Polygonal and Polyhedral Elements as a New Computational Paradigm to Study Soft Materials
NSF 2014

Successful — $389,180

Academic Appointments and Professional Experience

Jan. 2015 - Dec. 2018

Graduate Research Assistant
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Aug. 2012 – Dec. 2014

Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jan. 2014 – May 2014

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
CEE570 - Finite Element Methods

Jan. 2013 – May 2013

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
CEE470 - Structural Analysis

June 2013 - July 2013

Topology Optimization Ph.D. Advanced School Participant
Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark

Sep. 2010 - June 2011

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Department of Civil Engineering
Tianjin University, China

May 2010 – Aug. 2010

Field Intern
Hanshi and Fengming Construction ProjectHangzhou, China

Awards and Honors

2018

First Place in 2018 Siemens FutureMakers Challenge at Georgia Tech

2017

Winner of the 28th Annual Robert J. Melosh Medal Competition for the Best Student Paper in Finite Element Analysis

2017

Receipient of the USNCCM14 Travel Award

2014 - 2015

Receipient of Yee Memorial Fund Fellowship

2012

Engineer in Training (EIT), Michigan State, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying

2007 - 2010

Merit Student Scholarship

2009 - 2010

Member of "Mao Yisheng" Class

Peer-Refereed Journal Reviewer

2018 - present

Reviewer, Computational Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering

2016 - present

Reviewer, Computational Mechanics

2018 - present

Reviewer, Numerical Mathematics: Theory, Methods and Applications

2017 - present

Reviewer, The Scientific Pages of Atomic and Nuclear Physics

2015 - present

Reviewer, Mechanics Research Communications

Professional Affiliations

2016

Society of Engineering Science (SES)

2013

Honor Society of Phi Kapa Phi

Leadership and Community Activities

2018

Team Leader, winning team of the Siemens FutureMakers Challenge at Georgia Tech