Faculty Directory
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


Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Graduate Program


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; Zhu, Ping; Zhang, Siliang, “Multi-point objective-oriented sequential sampling strategy for constrained robust design”, Engineering Optimization, (2015)
  • Chen, Wei; Cao, Jian; Jiang, Zhen; Ndip-Agbor, Ebot; Smith, Jacob, “Optimization of relative tool position in accumulative double sided incremental forming using finite element analysis and model bias correction”, International Journal of Material Forming, (2015)
  • Chen, Wei; Wang, Mingxian, “A data-driven network analysis approach to predicting customer choice sets for choice modeling in engineering design”, Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME, (2015)
  • Chen, Wei; Choudhary, Alok; Xu, Hongyi; Liu, Ruoqian, “A Machine Learning-Based Design Representation Method for Designing Heterogeneous Microstructures”, Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME, (2015)
  • Chen, Wei; Apley, Daniel W.; Li, Wei; Jiang, Zhen, “A Spatial-Random-Process Based Multidisciplinary System Uncertainty Propagation Approach With Model Uncertainty”, Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME, (2015)
  • Chen, Wei; Conner, Carolyn; Yannou, Bernard, “Special issue: User needs and preferences in engineering design”, Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME, (2015)
  • Chen, Wei; Wang, Mingxian; Fu, Yan; Yang, Yong, “Analyzing and Predicting Heterogeneous Customer Preferences in Chinas Auto Market Using Choice Modeling and Network Analysis”, SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing, (2015)
  • Chen, Wei; Sun, Cheng; Deng, Jiadong; Rorschach, Katherine; Baker, Evan, “Topology optimization and fabrication of low frequency vibration energy harvesting microdevices”, Smart Materials and Structures, (2015)

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.