The ASME Board of Governors confers the fellow grade of membership on worthy candidates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements. Nominated by their peers, ASME fellows have had ten or more years of active practice and at least ten years of continuous active corporate membership in ASME.
Chiang’s research interest is in the development and application of various optical techniques such as moire, holographic interferometry, and speckle interferometry for stress analysis, nondestructive evaluation, and metrology. He has applied these techniques to the study of fracture, fatigue, and damage of metallic, composite, and biological materials and published some 380 papers on various topics.
Chiang was the recipient of the 1993 B.J. Lazan Award of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) for his outstanding original technical contributions in optical metrology and was given the 2009 M.M. Frocht Award (also by SEM) for outstanding achievement as an educator in the field of experimental mechanics. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Army Research Office, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the National Institute of Health.
With this ASME fellowship, Chiang is now a fellow of four prestigious societies: the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), the Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM), and the Optical Society of America (OSA). He also has served as editor of several engineering journals and has organized many international and national conferences.