Integrated DEsign Automation Laboratory

Integrated DEsign Automation Laboratory


Wei Chen, Ph.D. Wei Chen

Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design

Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Northwestern University


Dr. Wei Chen is the Wilson-Cook Chair Professor in Engineering Design at Northwestern University.  Directing the Integrated DEsign Automation Laboratory (IDEAL), her current research involves issues such as simulation-based design under uncertainty, model validation, stochastic multiscale analysis and design, robust shape and topology optimization, multidisciplinary optimization, consumer choice modeling and enterprise-driven decision-based design.   She is the co-founder and Director of the interdisciplinary doctoral cluster in Predictive Science and Engineering Design (PSED)She is also serving as the co-director for the Design Cluster and is chairing the executive committee of the faculty Research Council with the Segal Design Institution at Northwestern.

Dr. Chen received her Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1995.  She served on the executive committee of the ASME Design Engineering Division (DED) during 2009 to 2015 and was an elected Advisory Board member of the Design Society (2007-2013).  She is a review editor of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization and served twice as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design.  In addition, she serves as the Associate Editor of SIAM/ASA Journal on Uncertainty Quantification (JUQ) and the Department Editor for the IIE Transactions. Dr. Chen was the recipient of the 1996 NSF Faculty Early Career Award, the 1998 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal achievement award, the 2006 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational award, and the 2015 ASME Design Automation Award.  She is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and an Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).



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