Welcome to Kaixin Chen's Personal Website

My name is Kaixin Chen. I'm currently a Ph.D. student of University of California San Diego (UCSD), majoring in Structural Engineering (SE). Before joining UCSD, I was a master's student of Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and I got my bachelor's degree from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).

I'm passionate about structural engineering research, focusing especially on the topic of low-damage seismic resilient structural systems, numerical modelling, and experimental testing of structures. Currently, I'm working in Dr. Georgios Tsampras's research group, and my current research topic focuses on the mechanical properties of friction devices and the development of future-generation structural connections. Check out our group page here.


M.S., Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2021.

B.S., Civil Engineering (Structural Stream), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2019.

Research Interests

  • Earthquake structural engineering

  • Low-damage seismic resilient systems

  • Self-centering structures

  • Friction devices

Honors & Awards

  • Structural Engineering Distinguished Fellowship, UCSD (2021)

  • ASCE Best Final Year Project, ASCE HK Section (2019)

  • Outstanding Student Award, Faculty of Construction and Environment, PolyU (2019 )

  • Dean’s Honour’s List 2019 (top 5%), Faculty of Construction and Environment, PolyU (2019)

  • HKSAR Government Scholarship—Reach out Award, HKSAR Government (2018)

  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Scholarship, PolyU (2018)

  • Letter of Commendation, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, PolyU (2018)

  • Dean’s Honour’s List 2017 (top 5%), Faculty of Construction and Environment, PolyU (2017)

  • BOSA Technology (H.K.) Ltd. Exchange Scholarship 2017/18 (Sem.1 Exchange) (2017)

Recent Publications

Wang B, Zhu S, Chen K, Huang J. Development of superelastic SMA angles as seismic-resistant self-centering devices, Engineering Structures, 2020, 218: 110836 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2020.110836

Wang B, Zhu S, Casciati F, Chen K, Jiang H. Cyclic behavior and deformation mechanism of superelastic SMA U-shaped dampers under in-plane and out-of-plane loadings. Smart Materials and Structures, 2021, 30(5), 055009. https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-665X/abedf4