Dr. How-Wei Chen received a PhD in geophysics from the University of Texas–Dallas.
He started his career in UT–Dallas as a postdoctoral and research engineer in the Center for Lithosphere Studies. Chen began his teaching and research work as a geophysics professor in National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi, Taiwan, Republic of China. Because of his contribution in strong-motion seismology studies, he was elected as the adjunct research fellow of the Institute of Earth Sciences (IES), Academia Sinica of Taiwan. In 2004, he was recruited by the School of Earth Sciences, National Central University (NCU). He was the director of the Center for Computational Geophysics (CCG-NCU) from 2009 through 2014. He is now a professor in the Institute of Geophysics, NCU.
Dr. Chen served on the SEG Global Affairs Committee (GAC) for the Asia-Pacific region and world DL-HL committee member; SEG China office; ACES (APEC Cooperation for Earthquake Simulation) International Science Board (ISB). He has been an adjunct faculty member of the College of Geophysics and Information Engineering, China Petroleum University–Beijing, and visiting professor at Chungqing University of Science and Technology, China.
He is a team leader in computational seismology. His main research has been engaged mainly with seismic wave propagation in heterogeneous 2D/3D media, migration imaging, and inversion. Chen’s extended interests include integrating geophysical methods with applications to strong-motion prediction, energy-resource exploration, subsurface structure imaging, containments detection, and monitoring through field experiments, physical models, and theoretical developments. Over the years, his research experiences have included using seismic/GPR/ERT methods for near-surface/archaeology geophysics, wide-angle onshore-offshore active-source seismic exploration, strong-motion analysis and prediction studies, and large-scale tectonic structure imaging using passive source seismic data. Advanced imaging and inversion algorithm development, petrophysical properties investigation through AVO/AVA, and well-log data analysis are being pursued for gas-hydrate and geothermal-related projects. Deep-structure imaging through use of teleseismic and regional and local earthquake data by array processing of active/passive source seismic data are part of the active research related to projects of the Institute for Geophysics’ Integrated Investigation of the Geodynamics of the Taiwan Orogeny (TAIGER) and TAICRUST projects.