Dr Jie Chen was a Senior Lecturer and valuable member of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Brunel University London for over 20 years. He was a 'gentle giant' who devoted his life to educating students, a highly respected scholar and researcher of control systems engineering, and pivotal in ensuring the smooth operation of the Department. His friends and colleagues at Brunel were heartbroken when he passed away in March 2020 after battling COVID-19.
We want to remember him with a memorial bench for the Uxbridge campus, and allowing all current and past students and staff that were touched by his life to contribute. We are fundraising for a three seater wooden bench with engraved plaque (pictured), which will cost £350. This will be a permanent reminder of Jie on the Brunel campus for everyone who knew him.
Jie joined Brunel in 1998 as a Lecturer of Aeronautical Engineering, and firmly established himself as a favourite with his students, thanks to his deep understanding of his subject, being hard-working and ever available, and his caring approach. This sentiment is echoed by his fellow lecturers, who said that it was a privilege to work with him – that he was impressively smart, capable, kind and helpful. Humble and unassuming, he quietly and impeccably conquered the complex timetabling of the large Department and coordinated final-year projects. Professor Diane Mynors, Head of Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, said: "Jie was the ultimate professional, and was pivotal in ensuring the smooth operation of the Department. The Department will never be the same again, and staff and students alike will miss him deeply."
Jie passed away on Sunday 29 March 2020 in Kingston Hospital, aged 55 and is survived by his wife and two children. Any funds raised beyond the cost of the bench will be donated to the Kingston Hospital Charity who cared exceptionally well for Jie in the last weeks of his life.
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