Professor Xiaobin Chen moved to Changsha in Hunan province to hunt his knowledge and experiences when he was 17. Within ten years, Chen successfully earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Central South University. His Ph. D. in Road & Railway Engineering has shaped his background on railway infrastructures. During his first four-year career, Chen observed two post-doctoral positions on the research topics of geotechnical engineering. From 2014 to 2015, Dr. Chen moved into the Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Transportation geotechnics, coarse-grained granular soil, and DEM simulation were his research topics as a hardworking visiting scholar. To deepen his expertise on coarse-grained granular soil, he shifted into a distinguished group at Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, as a visiting professor again in 2020. Investing more than 20 years, he has accumulated knowledge for his geotechnical engineering career.
After gaining knowledge on transportation geotechnics, he lifted from the back seat to the front to help others how to learn. He joined the Department of Geotechnical Engineering at the Central South University's School of Civil Engineering. With the dedication of teaching, Dr. Chen has released graduate courses in advanced geotechnical techniques for in-site investigation, as well as the undergraduate courses in soil mechanics and engineering geology. He is now supervising the Ph.D. candidate students and M.S. graduate students in a 17-talent group. Dr. Chen has served as a principal investigator on 45 research projects with grants received from National Natural Science Foundation of China, China Railway Corporation, Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, Department of Transportation of Hunan Province, et al. He has many fingers in railway transportation geotechnics and likes to keep his research interests on the coarse-grained granular soil, DEM numerical methods, and soil dynamics. He has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed journal papers, and he has also served as the peer-reviewer for several academic journals including ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Geotechnical Testing Journal, Journal of Transportation Research Record, Transportation Geotechnics, and et al. Dr. Chen's name has been printed three times on government awarded medals for science and technology progress, i.e., the second class award from the Guangdong provincial government, the second class award from the Guangzhou government, and the third class award from Hunan province government. Consequently, he was promoted as a full professor in 2017 and as the department head of geotechnical engineering in 2019.
Dr. Chen ties concretely to the ISSMGE as a committee member, and he is also an active affiliate of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) serving the AFP70 for years. Invitation as a committee member of the World Transportation Conference (WTC) is his obligation in 2016. Not everyone knows that Dr. Chen shares his passions on coworking with international professors who show different value and culture.