Leading in Air: Yi-Cheng Chen

December 11, 2023

Originally from Taiwan, Yi-Cheng Chen came to Utah State University for his master's degree in mechanical engineering. Chen’s brother helped him find the resources he needed as an international student and here he is, following in his brother’s footsteps as a USU graduate.

Mentored by Assistant Professor Som Dutta, Chen’s research tests computational fluid dynamics simulations under different flow phenomena using an equation called Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes. It takes into account the effects of viscosity, pressure and velocity on fluid substances.

Originally from Taiwan, Yi-Cheng Chen came to Utah State University for his master's degree in mechanical engineering.

Originally from Taiwan, Yi-Cheng Chen came to Utah State University for his master's degree in mechanical engineering.

In the study of human respiratory dynamics, the research lab investigates the relationship between inhaled carbon dioxide concentrations and factors such as gravity and environmental temperature.

Outside of research, Chen enjoys spending time with his lab members, who all come from different backgrounds and cultures. He often brings Taiwanese food to share with his lab mates and has even introduced them to various ingredients at the Asian supermarket in Ogden, Utah.

“In our research lab, when a member has a birthday, we all gather for a meal, and of course, the tradition continues when it's my birthday,” Chen said. “The thought of being far from my hometown, studying 7,000 miles away, yet having a group of people to celebrate birthdays with, is a truly happy memory for me.”

Chen has had the opportunity to witness the process of launching high-altitude balloons, which was an unforgettable memory for him. He also has fond memories of watching Blackhawk helicopters land on the quad in front of Old Main Tower.

“I’ve loved being able to share my cultural background with my friends,” Chen said. “It gives me the chance to share little pieces of my home while forming good memories.”

He is set to graduate in 2024.

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Writer: Sydney Dahle, sydney.dahle@usu.edu, 435-797-7512

Contact: Yi-Cheng Chen, a02394870@usu.edu