Kuen Y. Lin

Kuen Y. Lin


PhD, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS, National Taiwan University

Professor Lin passed away on January 19, 2017.

Professor Kuen Y. Lin received his undergraduate degree from National Taiwan University in Taiwan. He obtained his Master’s and PhD degrees from Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, specializing in Composite Materials and Aeronautical Structures. After graduating from M.I.T., he spent over six years in industry, working for Deere & Co. and The Boeing Company in the areas of composite materials, finite element methods, and fracture mechanics. After joining the University of Washington faculty in 1984, Professor Lin developed an extensive research program in aerospace composite materials. He was awarded numerous research grants and contracts in composite materials from FAA, NASA, DoD, Toray and Boeing. In 2003, Prof. Lin co-founded the FAA Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials in Transport Aircraft Structures (AMTAS).

In addition to his research endeavors, Professor Lin concentrated his teaching on the subjects of composite materials, mechanics of solids, and finite element methods. Prof. Lin received Professor of Year Awards three times from the Aeronautics and Astronautics students for his excellence in teaching and research in composite materials. In 2005, in partnership with Boeing LTD, Prof. Lin successfully developed the Award-winning UW-Boeing Certificate Program in Aircraft Composite Structural Analysis and Design (ACSAD). The certificate program provides working engineers with state-of-the-art training in analysis tools and design methodology necessary to develop aerospace composite structural hardware. Because of his contributions to various high valued continuing education programs, Professor Lin was awarded the prestigious 2014 University of Washington’s Distinguished Contributions to Life-long Learning Award. In addition, Professor Lin co-developed an online course on Composite Materials with Boeing, UWEO and edX. More than 12,500 students from 154 countries enrolled in this course which ended on February 1, 2015.

Professor Lin  co-developed a well-known Mar-Lin Fracture Model, which is used by the aerospace industry for the damage tolerant design of composite aircraft structures. He also developed a singular hybrid finite element method for the accurate analysis of bi-material fracture problems. Professor Lin’s research topics included delamination arrest features in bonded-bolted composite structures, reliability-based damage tolerant structural design methodology as well as aging degradation of polymeric composites at elevated temperatures; these research efforts have direct applications to the critical technologies needed in developing the next generation of aerospace vehicles.