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Prof. Shih-Chi CHEN


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007

S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003
B.S., National Tsing Hua University, 1999

Fellow of SPIE - International Society for Optics and Photonics

Fellow of Optica (formerly OSA)

Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Member of the Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences (YASHK)

Members of American Society for Precision Engineering (ASPE)


Research Interests:
Optical Engineering, Light Microscopy, Precision Engineering, and Nanomanufacturing.


Room 307, William M.W. Mong Engineering Building
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T.,Hong Kong SAR, China


(852) 3943 4136


(852) 2603 6002


Dr. Shih-Chi Chen is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, in 1999; and his S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S., in 2003 and 2007, respectively. Following his graduate work, he entered a post-doctoral fellowship in the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Harvard Medical School, where his research focused on biomedical optics and endomicroscopy. From 2009 to 2011, he was a Senior Scientist at Nano Terra, Inc., a start-up company founded by Prof. George Whitesides at Harvard University, to develop precision instruments for novel nanofabrication processes. His current research interests include ultrafast laser applications, biomedical optics, precision engineering, and nanomanufacturing. Dr. Chen is a Fellow of Optica (formerly OSA), Fellow of SPIE, Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and members of the American Society for Precision Engineering (ASPE) and Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences (YASHK). He currently serves as the Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Micro- and Nano-Manufacturing, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, and HKIE Transactions. In 2003 and 2018, he received the prestigious R&D 100 Awards for developing a six-axis nanopositioner and an ultrafast nanoscale 3-D printer respectively.

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics) - For achievements in ultrafast laser manipulation for nanofabrication and imaging (2024)

  • Winner of the Falling Walls 2023 "Science Breakthroughs of the Year" - Engineering & Technology (2023)

  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2023)

  • Research Excellence Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2023)

  • Gold Medal, International Invention Fair in the Middle East (IIFME) - An ultrafast oscillating blade microtome for 3D imaging and drug screening (2023)

  • Fellow, Optical Society of America (Optica) - For seminal contributions in microfabrication and imaging based on novel manipulation of nonlinear light pulses (2022)

  • Gold Medal, International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva - Ultrafast Oscillating Blade Microtome (2022)

  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, Optical Society of America (Optica) (2021)

  • Creative Founder Award, China Association of Inventions (2019)

  • Young Researcher Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2019)

  • R&D 100 Award for One of 100 Best New Technical Products of the Year - Digital Holography-based 3-D Nano-Builder (2018)

  • Early Career Award, University Grants Committee of Hong Kong (2013)

  • MGH-MIT Career Development Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Research (2007)

  • R&D 100 Award for One of 100 Best New Technical Products of the Year - HexFlex Nanomanipulator (2003)

  • MIT Martin Fellow & Martin Fellowship, Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability, MIT (2003)

  • Lee Fellowship, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2001)

  • Recipient of Academic Achievement Award (top 2% of class) from National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) for 7 times. (1996-1999)

  • Outstanding Engineering Student Prize, Chinese Institute of Engineers (1999)

  • Dr. Cho-Chien Chien Scholarship, Chinese Society of Mechanical Engineers (1999)

  • Mr. Tzu-His Lin Scholarship, Ministry of Education, Taiwan (1999)

  • The Scholarship from the United World Chinese Commercial Bank Culture and Charity Foundation (1999)

  • Research Creativity Award, National Science Council of Taiwan (1998)

  • NTHU Tai Ta Electronics Scholarship (1998)

  • Yu Kuo-Hua Scholarship, Yu Kuo-Hua Culture and Education Foundation (1998)

  • NTHU Yung Tuan Scholarship (1997)

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