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Wei Chen

Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design

Professor of Mechanical Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech A216
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-7019Email Wei Chen


Integrated Design Automation Lab


Mechanical Engineering


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, TX

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Research Interests

Design Optimization; design under uncertainty; multidisciplinary design optimization; simulation-based design; design theory & methodology.

Dr. Chen is the Director of the Integrated DEsign Automation Laboratory (IDEAL). Her research goal is to develop rational design methods based on optimization techniques and statistical methods for use in engineering design and manufacturing problems. Her current research topics include robust design, reliability engineering, simulation-based design, multidisciplinary design optimization, enterprise-driven collaborative design, decision-based design (DBD), and model validation.

Significant Recognition

  • Best Paper Award, ASME 38th Design Automation Conference, 2012
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2009 - present
  • Ralph R. Teetor Education Award, Society of Automotive Engineering, 2006
  • Intelligent Optimal Design Prize, 18th International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology, 2005
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Award, 1996 - 2001
  • ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal achievement award, 1998
  • Black & Decker Best Paper Award, 1998
  • Alcoa Foundation Research Award, 1998
  • Sigma Xi Doctoral Dissertation Award, Georgia Tech Chapter, 1996
  • Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA), 2003 - present

Significant Professional Service

  • Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design
  • Review Editor, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
  • o Elected Member, Executive Committee of ASME Design Engineering Division (2009-2015); Vice Chair (2012-2013)
  • Elected Member, Advisory Board of the Design Society (2007-2013)

Selected Publications

  • Chen, Wei; Jiang, Zhen; Greene, M. Steven; Liu, Wing Kam; Lee, Tae-Rin, “Quantifying uncertainties in the microvascular transport of nanoparticles”, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, (2014)
  • Chen, Wei; Greene, M. Steven; Li, Ying; Liu, Wing Kam, “The archetype-genome exemplar in molecular dynamics and continuum mechanics”, Computational Mechanics, (2014)
  • Chen, Wei; Zhu, Ping; Zhang, Siliang, “Multi-point objective-oriented sequential sampling strategy for constrained robust design”, Engineering Optimization, (2014)
  • Li, Yang; Chen, Wei; Xu, Hongyi; Brinson, Catherine, “A descriptor-based design methodology for developing heterogeneous microstructural materials system”, Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME, (2014)
  • Liu, Yu; Chen, Wei; Li, Wei; Jiang, Zhen; Lu, Zhenzhou, “New validation metrics for models with multiple correlated responses”, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, (2014)
  • Chen, Wei; Yu, Shuangcheng; Wang, Chen; Sun, Cheng, “Topology optimization for light-trapping structure in solar cells”, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, (2014)
  • Chen, Wei; Yu, Chengjiao; Yu, Hualong; Liu, Geng; He, Bo, “Understanding topographic dependence of friction with micro- and nano-grooved surfaces”, Tribology Letters, (2014)
  • Chen, Wei; Yu, Shuangcheng; Wang, Chen; Sun, Cheng, “Natural evolution inspired design of light trapping structure in thin film organic solar cells”, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, (2013)

In the Classroom

Professor Chen has taught the courses: Intro to Mechanical Design and Manufacturing, Engineering Design (Capstone Design), Computational Methods for Engineering Design, Engineering Optimization for Product Design & Manufacturing, and Advanced Computational & Statistical Methods for Engineering Design.