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Karen Chou

Assistant Chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Clinical Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Contact

2145 Sheridan Road
Tech A218
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-4997Email Karen Chou

Website

Virtual Steel Sculpture


Departments

Civil and Environmental Engineering


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Education

Ph.D. Structural Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

M.S. Structural Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

B.S. Civil Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, MA


Research Interests

Structural reliability and safety; structural health monitoring; engineering education; development of engineering learning tools


Significant Recognition

  • Civil Engineer of the Year, Illinois Section ASCE, 2012
  • Certificate of Commendation for exceptional service as faculty advisor of Northwestern University ASCE Student Chapter (2012); University of Tennessee ASCE Student Chapter (1999), ASCE National.
  • Charles W. Britzius Distinguished Engineer Award, Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science and Technology Societies, 2010
  • Teaching Recognition, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, The University of Tennessee, 2001

Significant Professional Service

  • ABET Civil Engineering Program Evaluator
  • Member of Editorial Board, International Journal of Structural Safety
  • Member, Alumninum Association Engineering Advisory Committee
  • Fellowships Review Panel, NSF, ASEE
  • Fulbright Specialist Program Peer Reviewer

Selected Publications

    1. MOAVENI, S. and CHOU, K.C. (2015) “Teaching Steel Connections Using an Interactive Virtual Steel Sculpture", Journal of STEM Education:  Innovation & Research, Volume 16, issue 4, pp. 40-47. 
    2. MOAVENI, S. and CHOU, K.C. (2011) “An Inverse Solution for Reconstruction of the Area Moment of Inertia of a Beam Using Deflection Data”, Inverse Problems in Science and Technology.  DOI:10.1080/17415977.2011.605883.
    3. MOAVENI, S. and CHOU, K. (2009) “Conceptual Mechanics: A Holistic Approach to Introducing Engineering Mechanics to Freshman Students,” Chapter 17 of Innovation 2009World Innovations in Engineering Education and Research, International Network for Engineering Education and Research (iNEER), pp 203-218. (Invited submission and refereed)
    4. CHOU, K.C. and MOAVENI, S. (2009) “Making Steel Sculpture Available Online to Students in Developing Countries”, International Journal of Modern Engineering, Volume 10, No.1, pp 45-54.
    5. CHOU, K.C. and MOAVENI, S. (2009) “Web-Based Interactive Steel Sculpture for the Google Generation”, Journal of STEM Education: Innovations & Research, Vol. 10, Issue 3& 4, pp 50-59.
    6. MOAVENI, S. and CHOU, K. (2008) “An Innovative Approach to A Cross-Disciplinary Senior Design Project”, International. Journal of Modern Engineering, Volume 8, No. 2, spring/summer, pp. 61-66.
    7. CHOU, K.C., WILDE, W.J. and MOAVENI, S. (2007) “Subcontracting Senior Design Project in Civil Engineering”, Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, ASCE, Volume13, Issue 3, pp. 171-180, July.
    8. CHOU, K.C., WILDE, W.J., and MOAVENI, S. (2005) “Integrating Major Design Experience throughout a Small Civil Engineering Program – a 2-Year Assessment and Implementation”, Chapter 17 of Innovation 2005 – World Innovations in Engineering Education and Research, International Network for Engineering Education and Research (iNEER), pp 188-198. (Invited submission and refereed)
    9. KOGUT, G.F. and CHOU, K.C. (2004) “Partial Resistance Factor Design on Steel-Concrete Beam-Columns”, Engineering Structures, 26, pp.857-866.
    10. CHOU, K.C., COX, G.C., and LOCKWOOD, A.M. (2004) “Crack growth life model for fatigue susceptible structural components in aging aircraft”, Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Vol. 17, No. 1: 29-50.
    11. MOLINA, A.V. and CHOU, K.C. (2002) “Evaluation of Existing Bridges Using Neural Networks”, Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Vol. 13, No.2, pp.187-209.