Associate Professor
University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign


  • National University of Singapore Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering, 2007. Thesis: A Mechanism-Based Approach: Void Growth and Coalescence in Polymeric Adhesive Joints. Field: Micromechanics of Materials.
  • National University of Singapore Master of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (Accelerated Masters Program), 2003
  • National University of Singapore Bachelor of Engineering (1st Class Honors; University Scholar Program), Mechanical Engineering, 2002


Academic Positions

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL Affiliate Associate Professor, Computational Science and Engineering, Aug 2018 - Present
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Aug 2018 – Present
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL Affiliate Assistant Professor, Computational Science and Engineering, Sept 2011-July 2018
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Aug 2011 – July 2018
  • Brown University, Providence, RI Assistant Professor (Research), School of Engineering, June – Aug 2011


Professional Registrations

  • Registered Chartered Environmental Engineer (UK) CEnv (since 2010)
  • Registered Chartered Engineer (UK) CEng (since 2007)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, FIMechE (since 2014; member since 2007)


Chapters in Books

  • Chew, H.B., Guo, T.F. and Cheng, L., Mechanism-based modeling of thermal and moisture induced failure of IC devices, in: Moisture Sensitivity of Plastic Packages of IC Devices, Chapter 12. Editors: Fan, X.J. and Suhir, E. 1st Edition, Springer 2010, pp. 301-331, ISBN: 978-1-4419-5718-4.


Selected Articles in Journals

  • Cui, Y., Chew, H.B., Machine-learning prediction of atomistic stress along grain boundaries. Acta Materialia (2021). Accepted for Publication.
  • Wang, H., Lu, S.-H., Wang, X., Xia, S., Chew, H.B., A review of the multiscale mechanics of silicon electrodes in high-capacity lithium-ion batteries. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. Accepted for Publication.
  • Xie, D., Lyu, Z., Fan, M., Chew, H.B., Liaw, P.K., Bei, H., Zhang, Z., Gao, Y., Micromechanical origin of the enhanced ductility in twinless duplex Mg-Li alloy. Materials Science and Engineering: A 815 (2021), 141305
  • Xie, D., Lyu, Z., Li, Y., Liao, P.K., Chew, H.B., Ren, Y., Chen, Y., An, K., Gao, Y., In situ monitoring of dislocation, twinning, and detwinning modes in an extruded magnesium alloy under cyclic loading conditions. Materials Science and Engineering A 809 (2021), 140860.
  • Bagchi, S., Johnson, H.T., Chew, H.B., Strain-controlled rotation of twisted 2D atomic layers for tunable nanomechanical systems. ACS Applied Nano Materials 3 (2020), 10878-10884.


  • Vice Chancellor’s List (2002)
  • Research Honors
  • 2017 Dean's Award for Excellence in Research (4/24/2017)