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

  • Design Automation Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Design Engineering Division, 2015
  • Best Paper Award, ASME Design Automation Conference, 2012, 2014, 2016
  • 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

  • Ramin Bostanabad, Anh Tuan Bui, Wei Xie, Daniel W. Apley, Wei Chen, “Stochastic microstructure characterization and reconstruction via supervised learning”, Acta Materialia, (2016)
  • Zhen Jiang, Wei Chen, Brian J. German, “Multidisciplinary statistical sensitivity analysis considering both aleatory and epistemic uncertainties”, AIAA Journal, (2016)
  • He Zhao, Xiaolin Li, Yichi Zhang, Linda S. Schadler, Wei Chen, L. Catherine Brinson, “Perspective”, APL Materials, (2016)
  • Paul D. Arendt, Daniel W. Apley, Wei Chen, “A preposterior analysis to predict identifiability in the experimental calibration of computer models”, IIE Transactions (Institute of Industrial Engineers), (2016)
  • Irene Hassinger, Xiaolin Li, He Zhao, Hongyi Xu, Yanhui Huang, Aditya Prasad, Linda Schadler, Wei Chen, L. Catherine Brinson, “Toward the development of a quantitative tool for predicting dispersion of nanocomposites under non-equilibrium processing conditions”, Journal of Materials Science, (2016)
  • Zhen Jiang, Shishi Chen, Daniel W. Apley, Wei Chen, “Reduction of Epistemic Model Uncertainty in Simulation-Based Multidisciplinary Design”, Journal of Mechanical Design - Transactions of the ASME, (2016)
  • R. Bostanabad, W. Chen, D. W. Apley, “Characterization and reconstruction of 3D stochastic microstructures via supervised learning”, Journal of Microscopy, (2016)
  • Zequn Wang, Wei Chen, “Time-variant reliability assessment through equivalent stochastic process transformation”, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, (2016)

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.